Lufthansa Cargo has ordered 10 freighters as part of important expansion plans within its global long-haul network.
These will be 3 current-technology Boeing 777Fs and seven 777-8Fs, Boeing's next-generation freighter.
In addition, leases for 2 Boeing 777F freighters, which run through 2024, will be extended for 7 years each through 2031.
The 1st of the 777F aircraft, which could be acquired on the used market at short notice, is expected as early as July 2022.
2 more brand-new B777Fs will follow at a later date. These new additions will make it possible to market additional freight capacities in the short to medium term with an aircraft type currently available in the industry and established in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet.
In addition, the Lufthansa Group is making forward-looking investments in seven new B777-8Fs, a technically enhanced freighter version of the B777F.
It is considered the most powerful freighter aircraft, with a range of 8,167km (4410 nautical miles) and a maximum payload of 118 metric tons.
Compared to the 777F version, it has 17% more cargo volume and thanks to the 2 efficient GE9x engines from General Electric Aviation, fuel consumption is low, which in turn saves emissions. This enables Lufthansa Cargo to run a much more sustainable business, also thanks to low operating costs.
Delivery of these aircraft is expected at a later date between 2027 and 2030.
"We are very pleased that we have been able to set an important course for our future and the growth of Lufthansa Cargo with the decision to order ten additional widebody freighters. 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,” said Dorothea von Boxberg, Chairperson of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.
“The investments in the next freighter generation, the Boeing 777-8F, will significantly reduce CO2 emissions. We are thus taking another important step on our way to CO2-neutral airfreight. These major investments in Lufthansa Cargo are a sign of confidence in the future development of the airfreight market and in the role that Lufthansa Cargo will continue to play in it.”