LONDON – Lufthansa’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landed in San Francisco via a demonstration flight that came from Boeing’s factory in Everett.
D-ABPA is a 2.8-year-old aircraft that was originally destined for Hainan Airlines but was never taken up. From there, it was originally bound for Indian carrier Vistara, where the same thing happened.
Below, you can see the photos in a clearer perspective away from the Twitter post:
Plans for the 787s…
As mentioned by Lufthansa yesterday, below are the plans that the airline has in mind for the aircraft:
“The Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 with the registration D-ABPA and the future name “Berlin” will be delivered to Lufthansa following certification by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) this summer.”
“The ultra-modern long-haul “Dreamliner” aircraft will consume an average of around 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometers flown. That is around 25 percent less than their predecessor aircraft. The CO2 emissions are also improved accordingly.”
“The Boeing 787-9 “Berlin” will have an improved cabin product – including direct aisle access for all guests in Business Class. “
“Following several weeks of planned cabin refurbishments at Lufthansa’s maintenance in Frankfurt, the aircraft will be deployed initially on domestic German routes for training purposes. “
“The first intercontinental scheduled destination of the Lufthansa “Dreamliner” will be Toronto.”
“In total, the Lufthansa Group has ordered 32 Boeing “Dreamliner” with delivery between 2022 and 2027.”
Lufthansa Has Enhanced Faith in Boeing…
Earlier last month, the airline enhanced its faith in Boeing with an order for some Boeing 777-8X Freighter aircraft as well as increasing its 787 order book.
The Lufthansa Group has announced that it had signed a purchase agreement with Boeing for the brand new recently announced Boeing 777-8 Freighter and has also ordered an additional seven 787-9s increasing its total order book for the Dreamliner to 32 firm orders.
In addition to the group’s decision to add the 777-8 freighter into its fleet, the group is also the launch customer for the 777X passenger variant, with it having a firm order of 20 for the aircraft.
Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG said: “The continuous modernization of Lufthansa Group’s long-haul fleet is one of our top priorities. Therefore, we are very pleased to further invest in the newest generation of Boeing aircraft.”
“The purchase will complement our existing orders and further reduce our operating costs, enhance fuel efficiency and provide state-of-the-art customer experiences. Moreover, the purchase highlights our commitment to enhancing sustainable aviation,”
Boeing launches the 777-8 Freighter back in January of this year and has already seen multiple carriers book 34 firm orders for the new freighter aircraft with the main focus seeming to be that the aircraft will be the next generation to replace the aging 777 freighters operated around the world as the focus continues to be for carbon-neutral and reduced carbon footprint travel and services.
The first Boeing 777-8 Freighter is expected to enter service in 2027, which is a long lead time for airlines, especially now as Airbus expects their A350-1000 freighter to be in service by 2025, and with the cost of fuel rising it could mean that any delays post the 5 years leaves the potential for airlines to switch to the Airbus freighter.
To deal with the current increase in demand the Lufthansa group also included the purchase of an additional two 777 freighters, which they say will provide them with the additional cargo capacity that is needed in the near term until it is able to take delivery of its first 777-8 Freighter.
Boeing Focuses on 777 Success
Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing said: “With the selection of our newest freighter, Lufthansa continues its long history of firsts with Boeing airplane programs, becoming the first European customer for the 777-8 Freighter,”
“With the investment in the 777 and 787 fleets, the Lufthansa Group will operate the most advanced, fuel-efficient twin-engine airplanes in the industry. Each of these airplanes reduces emissions by 15 to 25% compared to previous models with a noise footprint up to 50% smaller than their predecessors, helping to advance the Lufthansa Group’s sustainability objectives.”
In a recent market outlook report, the U.S manufacturer projected the global freighter market to increase by around 70% by 2024, which would mean the need to introduce approximately 450 new widebody freighters, such as its 777-8 and 777 freighters.