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Lufthansa Group has confirmed orders for over 20 widebody aircraft from Airbus and Boeing, valued at a total list price of $7.5 billion.

The group has placed orders for ten A350-1000s, five A350-900s and seven Boeing 787-9s, with deliveries set to start from “the mid-2020s onwards”.

It means Lufthansa Group will now take delivery of 108 long-haul aircraft in the coming years, replacing outgoing fleets including the remaining B747-400s, A340-600s and A340-300s.

This will reduce the number of four-engine aircraft in the group’s fleet to just 15 per cent, down from around 50 per cent prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lufthansa recently began reactivating the first of its four-engine A380 aircraft, with plans to resume superjumbo flights this summer.

Lufthansa reactivates first A380

The group also said that it was “in advanced negotiations to acquire further long-haul aircraft which could be made available at shorter notice”. In 2021 Lufthansa also secured short-notice deliveries of several 787 aircraft, which had originally been destined for Hainan Airways.

Carsten Spohr, chief executive officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said that the new aircraft “will be equipped with our new long-haul cabins, including the latest-generation seats in all classes of travel” – although no specific mention was made of the Allegris cabins which were officially unveiled in Berlin this week.

First look at Lufthansa Allegris cabins

“These new aircraft will also play a decisive role in helping us achieve our carbon emission reduction goals by 2030 as fuel-efficient aircraft which incorporate the latest manufacturing technology are by far the greatest lever for providing more climate protection within the aviation sector,” add Spohr.