Lufthansa selects new Boeing 777-8 freighter, orders additional 787s

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Boeing and the Lufthansa Group on Monday announced the airline group will strengthen Lufthansa Cargo with an order for seven 777-8 Freighters.

Lufthansa has also placed a new order for two 777 Freighters to add to its cargo fleet, providing extra cargo capacity in the near term until the delivery of its first 777-8 Freighter, according to the announcement.

In addition, Lufthansa continues to accelerate the modernization of its long-haul passenger fleet with a new purchase of seven 787-9s. The order for more 787s brings Lufthansa's total order book for the 787 Dreamliner to 32 firm orders. The corporation 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. Therefore, we are very pleased to further invest into the newest generation of Boeing aircraft," said Detlef Kayser, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

"With the selection of our newest freighter, Lufthansa continues its long history of firsts with Boeing airplane programs, becoming the first European customer for the 777-8 Freighter," said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

The 2021 Boeing Commercial Market Outlook projects a 70 percent increase in the global freighter fleet by 2040, including approximately 450 new large widebody freighters such as the new 777-8 Freighter and 777 Freighter. The first delivery of the 777-8 freighter is anticipated in 2027.

Boeing launched the new 777-8 Freighter in January and has already booked 34 firm orders for the model, the company said. Enditem

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