The new Boeing 777-8 Freighter aircraft, in Lufthansa livery.

Boeing Scores Lufthansa Cargo, Passenger Jet Orders

May 11, 2022
The German carrier ordered a total of 16 aircraft from Boeing as it expands its air-cargo and passenger fleets, including seven of the recently unveiled 777-8 Freighter aircraft.

Lufthansa Group has ordered nine new Boeing cargo jets and seven new long-haul passenger jets, an order that could total more than $5 billion at list prices. Neither the carrier nor Boeing has reported the actual value of the new contracts.

Lufthansa Cargo will receive seven 777-8 Freighter aircraft – the new cargo aircraft Boeing introduced in January, and for which it already has booked 34 orders for the model - along with two 777 Freighters that will provide near-term capacity until the delivery of new models. The 777-8 Freighter offers the highest payload and the lowest fuel usage of any large cargo jet, according to Boeing, along with the lowest emissions and operating cost per metric ton of any large freighter.

Lufthansa is also modernizing its passenger fleet, and the purchase of seven 787-9s brings the carrier’s total order book for the 787 Dreamliner to 32 firm orders. The group also is a launch customer for the 777X passenger airplane, with 20 firm orders.

"The continuous modernization of Lufthansa Group's long-haul fleet is one of our top priorities,” stated Dr. Detlef Kayser, of the airline’s executive board. “Therefore, we are very pleased to further invest into the newest generation of Boeing aircraft. The purchase will complement our existing orders and further reduce our operating costs, enhance fuel efficiency and provide state-of-the-art customer experiences. Moreover, the purchase highlights our commitment towards enhancing sustainable aviation."