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Covid: Lufthansa hastens fleet modernisation; 4-engine planes’ share to drop

By Times Of India

Lufthansa on Monday approved buying 10 long-haul aircraft — five Airbus A350-900s and five Boeing 787-9. The mega German carrier says it is “accelerating fleet modernisation” plan to replace older types on short, medium and long-haul routes. Accordingly, 175 new aircraft will be delivered to Lufthansa Group airlines this decade.

The pandemic has preponed the retirement of four-engine passenger jets.

“Current plans call for an initial fleet reduction, while at the same time extensively modernizing it in the future. The Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 will essentially replace the four-engine A340 long-haul aircraft as part of this process. Plans call for reducing the number of four-engine aircraft in the Lufthansa Group long-haul fleet to less than 15% by the middle of this decade; before the crisis, the share was around 50 percent,” Lufthansa said in a statement. With the fuel-efficient aircraft, it hopes to reduce operating costs by around 15%.

Carsten Spohr, chairman of the executive board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said, “Even in these challenging times, we are continuing to invest in a more modern, more efficient and a lower emission Lufthansa Group fleet.

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