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Lufthansa Group simplifies its widebody fleet, looks at the A321XLR

Frankfurt, Germany - Lufthansa Group has announced that it would halve the number of widebody aircraft types in the Group fleets over the next ten years.

The simplification in aircraft diversity will allow the German Group to lower crew training, maintenance, and operational costs, according to the Group CEO Carsten Spohr.

The Group plans to remove the following aircraft types from service by 2025:

Boeing 747-400: 13 in service at Lufthansa;
Boeing 777-200ER: 6 in service at Austrian Airlines;
Airbus A340-600: 17 in service at Lufthansa;
Airbus A340-300: 10 in service at Lufthansa, 5 in service at Lufthansa CityLine, 2 in service at Brussels Airlines, 5 in service at Swiss, and 4 in service at Edelweiss Air;
Airbus A330-200: 7 in service at SunExpress Deutschland, 4 in service at Brussels Airlines;
Boeing 767-300ER: 6 in service at Austrian;
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F: 12 in service at Lufthansa Cargo.

The Lufthansa Group's Widebody fleet will include only the following types from 2025:

Airbus A380-800: 14 in service at Lufthansa, the airline had previously announced that its A380s would be retired in 2022 and 2023;
Boeing 747-8: nineteen currently in service at Lufthansa;
Boeing 777-9: 20 on order;
Boeing 777-300ER: 10 in service at Swiss;
Airbus A350-900: 14 in service at Lufthansa;
Airbus A330-300: 16 in service at Lufthansa, 12 in service at Brussels Airlines; 14 in service at Swiss, and 2 in service at Edelweiss;
Boeing 777F: 7 in service at Lufthansa Cargo;
Boeing 787-9: 20 on order, no carrier was specified by the Group yet.

This year in March, Lufthansa Group ordered 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 bringing its overall A350 backlog to 45 aircraft.

The newly ordered Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-9s are expected to find placement at Austrian, Brussels Airlines, and Swiss when taking into account the retirement plan of some widebodies in the fleets of these operators.

Lufthansa is also interested in the new Airbus A321XLR

Lufthansa will also look at new Airbus A321XLR, but the Group CEO Carsten Spohr thinks that the aircraft is not a game changer.

The new XLR could be used in our network. We look at it. But in my view, it is a niche product, it will not be a game changer, Spohr told investors at the capital markets day of Lufthansa in Frankfurt.

Spohr also said that it wasn't comfortable to spend more than four hours in a narrowbody aircraft on a long-haul route.