Lufthansa has set its course for growth with the group’s largest investment as the German airline ordered 10 Boeing widebody freighters, including three 777Fs and seven 777-8Fs, valued at around $3.9 billion.
The first of the 777F aircraft, which could be acquired on the used market at short notice, is expected as early as July 2022. Two more brand-new B777Fs will follow at a later date.
Lufthansa Group is also betting on seven new B777-8Fs, a technically enhanced freighter version of the B777F, which is expected to be delivered between 2027 and 2030.
Lufthansa’s current fleet comprises 15 Boeing 777Fs, with four operated by AeroLogic, as well as capacity from two A321 freighters operated by its regional airline.
Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO at Lufthansa Cargo, said the investments in the next-generation 777 family freighter will significantly reduce the airline’s CO2 emissions in line with its goal to deliver carbon-neutral airfreight.
The airline has partnered with logistics giant Kuehne+Nagel to promote power-to-liquid technology, which includes production of synthetic sustainable jet fuel, to advance the decarbonization of air freight.