Frankfurt - Lufthansa Group is preparing to place a mega order for its sub-fleet renewal. The German Group eyes, both the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo for the orders that will be placed next year.
It's not yet clear how many aircraft will be ordered, but it will be a three-digit number, according to CEO Carsten Spohr. The next phase of fleet modernization at Lufthansa Group involves around 150 aircraft, including the Airbus A319s (115 units) and Bombardier's CRJs (35 units).
The 737 MAX crashes of Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air are no reason for Spohr to exclude the 737 MAX jets.
“We have not lost our confidence in Boeing. They have built great planes in the last decades and I am sure they will solve this problem," said the Group CEO.
Lufthansa Group has already ordered 149, Airbus A320neo. Seventeen copies have already been delivered to the airlines in the Group, so an additional order for this model is the most likely. The German aviation group has not yet placed any orders for the Boeing's MAX series jets.
For the long-haul fleet, Lufthansa set itself up for another Airbus Boeing structure in February. The Group plans to take delivery of 45, A350-900s by the end of 2027. The company has also ordered 20, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for the first time, which will be distributed to the Group airlines through 2022 - 2027.
Lufthansa was the first customer of the 737 program in 1965 with an order for 21 737-100. At the end of 2016, the group scrapped its all Boeing 737-100s.
In addition to the flag carrier with the same name, The Lufthansa Group also owns the Austrian, SWISS, Lufthansa Cityline, Eurowings, and Brussels Airlines.