Lufthansa has received its first B787 Dreamliner, named after the German capital.
The German flag carrier’s maiden B787 arrived at Frankfurt airport this morning, following a flight from Boeing’s facilities in Paine Field, Everett, Washington.
“Berlin” (aircraft registration D-ABPA) is the first of 32 B787s which the carrier will take delivery of between 2022 and 2027. As previously reported, the aircraft was initially destined for Hainan Airlines.
Lufthansa says that the aircraft will be fitted with three cabins (business, premium economy and economy) and converted to the carrier’s colours and design over the next few weeks.
The aircraft will initially enter service on domestic routes from October, with the first intercontinental destination set to be Toronto (though no date has been set for this route).
Jens Ritter, CEO of Lufthansa Airlines, commented: “With the Boeing 787, we are introducing another modern aircraft type that is one of the most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in our fleet. This will allow us to significantly further improve the average CO2 balance. This aircraft is sustainable and offers customers a premium flying experience.”
Boeing says that the aircraft uses 25 per cent less fuel and creates 25 per cent fewer emissions than the planes they replace, avoiding 125 billion pounds of carbon emissions since entering service in 2011.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added: “Today’s delivery to the Lufthansa Group is a significant milestone for both companies as we resume European 787 deliveries and Lufthansa receives its first 787. I am delighted to see Lufthansa join a growing set of airlines worldwide operating the industry’s most capable twin-engine airplane.
“With unmatched fuel efficiency and huge passenger appeal, the 787 will play an integral role in the Lufthansa Group’s long-haul network.”
Lufthansa has also ordered 20 777-9 passenger planes, and recently placed an order for seven of the new 777-8 Freighter.