Airlines Look At Major Widebody Acquisitions

By Jens Flottau, Adrian Schofield
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

Lufthansa, still in the midst of a major restructuring program and in spite of having frozen expansion for the time being, plans to order about 50 more long-haul aircraft this year to replace its Airbus A340-300s and -600s.

The airline is looking at the A350-900/1000 or a mix of the 787-9/-10X and the 777-8X and -9X. It plans to take delivery of the aircraft around 2020-25.

Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz is critical of the general design trends for long-haul aircraft, however. Because of pressure mainly from the fast-growing Persian Gulf carriers, both Airbus and Boeing are being pushed to design aircraft with more range capabilities and engine power than most other operators require. European airlines, therefore, have to deal with over-designed aircraft that carry additional unneeded weight, Franz notes.

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