Lufthansa Group has ordered new ten freighter aircrafts, the biggest-ever cargo investment in its history. The order comprises three current-technology Boeing 777F freighters and seven of Boeing’s next-generation all-cargo aircraft, the 777-8F freighter.
The first 777F aircraft could be acquired on the used market and is expected to be added to the fleet as early as July 2022. The new B777Fs will follow later, boosting capacity in the short to medium term. Leases for two existing Boeing 777F freighters will also be extended until 2031.
Lufthansa said that the new generation Boeing 777-8Fs would offer a 4,410 nautical miles (8,167km) range and payload of 118 tonnes – 17 % more than the 777F, while fuel consumption and emissions would also be lower. Delivery of the aircraft is expected between 2027 and 2030.
The new planes will be a major boost for Lufthansa Cargo’s current freighter capacity. Its fleet currently consists of 15 Boeing 777Fs, four of them operated by Aerologic, and two A321 freighters.
Lufthansa Cargo chief executive and board chairperson, Dorothea von Boxberg, commented: “We can offer our customers significantly more capacity in the short and long term, and also ensure that we operate the most modern and efficient freighters in their class.
“These major investments in Lufthansa Cargo are a sign of confidence in the future development of the airfreight market and in the role that Lufthansa Cargo will continue to play in it.”