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Lufthansa orders 20 B747-8Is and 7 A340-600s!!


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http://atwonline.com...ml?storyID=7287

Lufthansa's board yesterday approved orders for 20 747-8 Intercontinentals--the first of the variant to be sold by Boeing--plus 20 options and seven A340-600s, a total investment in long-haul planes valued at nearly $7 billion.

The order for the 747-8 passenger version may come as a surprise to some given the German involvement in the A380 program. However, many in Germany are incensed by the blame game that has resulted from A380 production problems and suggestions that all German A380 work will be transferred to France. LH, a longtime Boeing and McDonnell Douglas customer, traditionally has striven to split its airplane orders and signaled its continued support for Airbus with the A340-600 order. The airline, which said yesterday that it expects to take delivery of its first A380 in 2009, also is considered a leading contender to be the launch customer for the A350 XWB.

LH said the 20 747-8Is will be powered by GE GEnx-2B67 engines


Well, i for one, expected other airlines, such as British Airways or Cathay Pacific perhaps to order the B747-8I first, but Lufthansa become the first and seems it was a wise decision, considering it seems it will fit in nicely between the A340-600 and A380, in the eventual long-haul fleet.

All in all, i guess Boeing is happy with the first passenger orders for the B748. But i guess more are needed to make it worthwhile, as most orders to date have been for the cargo variant.

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Still some awesome news, i was beginning to imagine that beyond 2020 the only 747s flying would be freighters...

I see BA possibly ordering the 748, it depends on what sort of deal they will get, Airbus would really cut prices to get another 45 A380s sold (remember BA have 45 744s...)then again BA will soon need to replace those 767s , and the 2013 A350 entry date is too late for BA , thus a 787/77W/748 deal would be quite attractive to them

To be honest i would rule out them buying a few from A and a few from B...but i see them leaning towards Boeing, since they would get the planes 2 years before.
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good for lufthansa i love a340 600's.
And good for boeing with the intercontinental order

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Still some awesome news, i was beginning to imagine that beyond 2020 the only 747s flying would be freighters...


Actually, you´ll still have all the charter airliners flying out of Spain into the Caribbean. We currently have plenty of 747-200s operating from here, so I guess in 2030 all these airlines will introduce almost brand new 747-400s :P
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Actually, you´ll still have all the charter airliners flying out of Spain into the Caribbean. We currently have plenty of 747-200s operating from here, so I guess in 2030 all these airlines will introduce almost brand new 747-400s :P

Air Plus Comet, Air Pullmantur and recently Iberia.

In 2020 Carriers in Africa will begin the transistion from Boeing 727s to recently retired Boeing 737-300s :(
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