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Lufthansa selects 777X for future long-haul fleet

20-Sep-2013 9:17 AM

Lufthansa and announced (19-Sep-2013) the carrier's selection of GE 9x-powered 777-9X for its future long-haul fleet. The engines for the 34 aircraft announced by Lufthansa are valued at more than USD2.5 billion list price. This is the first selection for the new GE9X.  The launch of the 777X family is targeted for later in 2013 and entry into service around the end of the decade. The 777-9X will have a configuration with around 400 seats. Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior VP global sales John Wojick said, "We are focused on developing and delivering a superior airplane that ensures the 777 remains the unequivocal long-haul leader. With its new engines and an all-new composite wing design, the 777X will be the largest and most-efficient twin engine jet in the world with 20 percent lower fuel consumption and 15 percent lower operating costs than today's 777. Boeing is delighted that Lufthansa is continuing its longstanding partnership with Boeing by selecting the 777X for its future fleet development." Earlier this year, the Lufthansa Group ordered six 777-300ERs for the fleet of Swiss International Airlines. Boeing will deliver the first of Lufthansa Cargo's five new 777Fs later in 2013. Lufthansa today operates 93 Boeing airplanes within its group fleets. [more - original PR - Boeing] [more - original PR - GE Aviation]