Lufthansa to take delivery of over 30 aircraft this year

ByTravelling For Business

March 11, 2024

Lufthansa Group is gearing up to expand its fleet significantly this year, with plans to take delivery of more than 30 aircraft, including 20 long-haul jets for Lufthansa’s fleet.

The delivery includes a substantial number of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, along with eight Airbus A350-900s and one Boeing 777 freighter. Notably, the A350 deliveries will feature Lufthansa’s eagerly anticipated Allegris interiors, with the first flights scheduled between Munich and Vancouver in May.

The announcement comes on the heels of Lufthansa Group’s robust financial performance, posting an operating profit of €2.7 billion for 2023, marking the third-best result in its history. All passenger airlines within the group reported an operating profit for the first time last year.

In terms of passenger volume, Lufthansa Group carried a total of 123 million passengers in 2023, a significant increase from the previous year. The airline aims to offer an average capacity of around 94 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Additionally, Lufthansa Group is anticipating approval from the EU Commission for its investment in Italian airline ITA Airways this year and is actively collaborating to expedite the transaction.

On the sustainability front, Lufthansa Group has achieved a milestone by selling over one million carbon offsetting Green Fares in Europe and North Africa. The initiative is now being trialed on selected long-haul flights.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, expressed gratitude to customers and employees for contributing to the company’s success. He outlined plans to reward shareholders with dividends for the first time since 2019 and to invest significantly in fleet modernization, cabin interiors, lounges, ground processes, and digital services. Spohr emphasised that the addition of at least 30 new aircraft this year, including a record number of long-haul jets for Lufthansa, marks the largest fleet modernisation effort in the company’s history.

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