Lufthansa ought to quickly(ish) be taking supply of its first Boeing 787, which is a fairly thrilling milestone for the airline, as it will finally grow to be a good portion of the provider’s lengthy haul fleet. This airplane may even function yet one more new sort of interim lengthy haul enterprise class product. Let’s go over what we all know to this point.
Lufthansa has 32 Boeing 787-9s on order
Prior to now few years, Lufthansa has ordered dozens of latest lengthy haul plane from each Airbus and Boeing. These are all Lufthansa Group orders, which is to say that some planes are more likely to go to Austrian and SWISS, although we don’t but know that precise breakdown.
Lufthansa at present has a complete of 32 Boeing 787-9s and an extra 26 Airbus A350-900s on order (along with the provider’s present A350-900 fleet). Moreover, Lufthansa additionally has 20 Boeing 777-9s on order, although these planes at the moment are delayed till 2025 on the earliest.
Whereas a lot of the A350 and 787 orders are for “manufacturing facility contemporary” planes, Lufthansa additionally opportunistically picked up some planes meant for different airways:
- Lufthansa picked up 4 former Philippine Airways Airbus A350-900s; the airline was in chapter safety and needed to do away with some lengthy haul jets, so presumably Lufthansa obtained an excellent deal on these planes
- Lufthansa picked up 5 Boeing 787-9s that had already been manufactured and had been meant for different airways; particularly, these are planes that had been initially meant for China’s Hainan Airways, after which meant for India’s Vistara Arlines, earlier than finally being bought by Lufthansa
Lufthansa has offered an replace about its first Boeing 787 getting into service. The airplane with the license plate D-ABPA will probably be Lufthansa’s first 787-9, and it is going to be named “Berlin.” It is going to hopefully be delivered to Lufthansa this summer time, as soon as the FAA permits 787 deliveries to be resumed.
As soon as delivered, the airplane can have “a number of weeks” of deliberate cabin refurbishments at Lufthansa’s upkeep facility in Frankfurt. The airplane will then be deployed on home German routes for coaching functions, earlier than beginning lengthy haul flights. The primary deliberate lengthy haul vacation spot is Toronto.
The timeline has slipped fairly a bit right here, since initially Lufthansa was speculated to take supply of this airplane in 2021. Personally I wouldn’t count on to see this airplane getting into service earlier than late 2022, since Boeing continues to have rolling delays with 787 deliveries.
Lufthansa’s new interim Boeing 787 enterprise class
In 2017, Lufthansa revealed its new enterprise class product, which nonetheless isn’t truly out there on any planes. The product was initially speculated to debut on Boeing 777-9s, however with that airplane now delayed by a minimal of 5 years, that’s not precisely going as deliberate.
At the moment the plan is for Lufthansa to start out putting in this new enterprise class product on A350s and 787s as of mid-2023,
So, what ought to we count on from the 5 Boeing 787s that Lufthansa takes supply of within the coming months, which had been meant for different airways? Lufthansa is promising “an improved cabin product, together with direct aisle entry for all company in enterprise class.”
Since these planes had been initially meant for Hainan Airways, I believe it’s extremely probably that these 787s can have the Safran Cirrus reverse herringbone seats that Hainan meant to have on these planes, presumably simply with new cabin finishes (that means extra blue than purple).
That is after all a large enchancment over Lufthansa’s present customary enterprise class product, which is in a 2-2-2 configuration.
Whereas this will probably be an excellent enchancment, it’s attention-grabbing that Lufthansa can have product inconsistency in lengthy haul enterprise class. Remember the fact that Lufthansa’s newly acquired A350s additionally function yet one more new enterprise class, inherited from Philippine Airways. These are staggered Vantage XL seats, additionally that includes direct aisle entry.
Isn’t it attention-grabbing how Lufthansa is a Skytrax 5-star airline, but seemingly the one approach it may well enhance its enterprise class product is by “inheriting” premium merchandise from different airways?
Lufthansa will probably be taking supply of its first Boeing 787-9 within the coming months. For the reason that first 5 jets had been initially meant for different airways (together with Hainan Airways), you’ll be able to count on that Lufthansa will simply hold the unique interiors meant for these planes. On this case, you’ll be able to count on a reverse herringbone configuration in enterprise class, which would be the second interim enterprise class product that Lufthansa is introducing this yr.
In 2023 you’ll be able to count on Lufthansa to launch its new enterprise class product that was introduced again in 2017, on newly delivered A350s and 787s.
What do you make of Lufthansa’s upcoming Boeing 787 deliveries?