Lufthansa Cargo orders ten Boeing freighters

Boeing B777F and B777-8F. Copyright : Boeing

Lufthansa Cargo has ordered three Boeing 777F freighters and seven Next Generation 777-8F freighters to increase its air cargo capacity.

In addition, the leases of two Boeing 777F freighters, which run until 2024, will be extended for seven years each until 2031.

The first of the 777F aircraft, which could be acquired on the second-hand market in the short term, is expected as early as July 2022. Two other new B777Fs will follow later.

Delivery of the seven new B777-8Fs is scheduled later between 2027 and 2030.

Currently, Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fleet consists of a total of 15 Boeing 777Fs, four of which are operated by AeroLogic. Added to this is the capacity of two A321 freighters and the hold capacity of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings Discover.

Dorothea von Boxberg, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Lufthansa Cargo, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to chart an important course for our future and the growth of Lufthansa Cargo with the decision to order ten more freighters. large carriers. We can offer our customers significantly more capacity in the short and long term, and also ensure that we operate the most modern and efficient freighters in their class. Investments in the next generation of freighter, the Boeing 777-8F, will significantly reduce CO2 emissions. We are thus taking another important step on the way to CO2-neutral air freight. »

The Boeing 777-8F has a range of 8,167 km (4,410 nautical miles) and a maximum payload of 118 metric tons. Compared to the 777F, it has 17% more cargo volume. The aircraft is equipped with two efficient GE9x engines from General Electric Aviation for low fuel consumption, low operating costs and reduced emissions.

Lufthansa cargo business announced record performance in the first quarter of 2022.

2021 turnover increased by 38% year-on-year to reach 3.8 billion euros.

In March, Lufthansa Cargo launched a new European short and medium-haul cargo network.

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