New Boeing 777-9: Lufthansa flagship lands in Frankfurt

New Boeing 777-9
Lufthansa flagship lands in Frankfurt

400 seats and new engines that are supposed to save 40 percent CO2 per passenger compared to old models: that’s the Boeing 777-9. It is now landing for the first time in Frankfurt, where several aircraft in the series will be stationed for Lufthansa in the future.

Lufthansa’s future flagship has made its first visit to the Frankfurt hub. On the return flight from the Dubai Air Show to the USA, a Boeing 777-9 landed on Thursday and was received by Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr the following day.

The aircraft stands for more comfort, technical innovation and sustainable flying, said the CEO of Europe’s top-selling airline group. The group has ordered a total of 20 machines from the US manufacturer, the exact distribution of which among the various companies has not yet been decided.

What is certain, however, is that the first seven 777-9s for Lufthansa will be stationed in Frankfurt. After technical problems at Boeing, the first new “Triple Seven” should be delivered in 2023, said Spohr.

With around 400 seats, the twin-engine jet will replace the decommissioned Airbus A380 with 509 seats as the largest aircraft in the fleet. With the new engines from General Electric, the aircraft should emit 40 percent less CO2 per passenger than the models it replaces, namely the old Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340. Older and smaller versions of the Boeing 777 are already on the road in the Lufthansa Group for Swiss and Lufthansa Cargo.

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