EUROPE/CIS: Lufthansa Cargo opts for B777Fs

Boeing has welcomed the decision by Lufthansa Cargo to purchase five new B777 freighters to support its global air freight operations, with deliveries from 2016. The five twin-engine 103 tonne capacity freighters are part of a 35 aircraft order by the Lufthansa Group which includes 30 Airbus A320s for a total order worth nearly US$4 […]


Boeing has welcomed the decision by Lufthansa Cargo to purchase five new B777 freighters to support its global air freight operations, with deliveries from 2016. The five twin-engine 103 tonne capacity freighters are part of a 35 aircraft order by the Lufthansa Group which includes 30 Airbus A320s for a total order worth nearly US$4 billion. The B777 freighter is a highly fuel-efficient airplane with low-noise emissions, meeting QC2 noise standards. The long-range and high-capacity 777 freighter features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter and will provide superior economics to Lufthansa, according to Boeing. Lufthansa Cargo currently operates 18 Boeing MD-11 freighters ranging in age from nine to 19 years old. Lufthansa said the B777 freighters were the most modern of their size and would “be utilised to seize growth opportunities fueled by rising demand” and strengthen the carrier’s logistics business. Lufthansa has yet to decide whether the five new freighters will operate for its Lufthansa Cargo division, replacing some of the MD-11s, or its AeroLogic venture with DHL Express. The Leipzig-based logistics venture AeroLogic operates a fleet of eight leased B777Fs.