Lufthansa to review widebody order book

Lufthansa is considering reviewing its widebody order book to adapt to demand changes in the longhaul market.

According to Bloomberg, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told in a staff meeting that the group may draw out its order for the 777X in favour of more orders for A350-900s.

“I’m not sure if we’ve really ordered enough A350s and possibly too many 777Xs,” Spohr said. “We must now think about either stretching the 777X in a deal with Boeing to let them come in more slowly, or increasing profitability to finance our overdue fleet investments.”

Lufthansa is the launch operator for the B777-9X, due to enter into service in 2020. It currently has 34 of the type on order from Boeing.

During that same meeting Spohr is said to have speculated about the group considering using A350-900s to develop Eurowings’ longhaul services out of Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne.

Spohr added that a decision on the matter is “urgent” and that they may reach one as soon as September.

Thus far, out of the 25 A350-900s Lufthansa has on order from Airbus, only three have been delivered and are based out of their Munich hub.

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