Lufthansa Places The First 777-9X Order

By Jens Flottau , Guy Norris
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 23, 2013
Credit: Boeing

The airline industry has become accustomed to first orders for new aircraft coming from the Middle East. But it is not one of the three big Persian Gulf carriers that has placed the first order for the Boeing 777X.

Lufthansa last week signed for 34 firm commitments and options as well as purchase rights for another 30 777-9Xs. It expects the first aircraft to be delivered in 2020 but cautions that this may change as the program progresses.

Although the airline selected the 777-9X over Airbus's A350-1000 for now, last week it also ordered as many as 55 A350-900s and options that could be converted to the larger version if needed.

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