Lufthansa to decide between A321LR and B797


Cologne - Lufthansa faces the crucial question of whether the inclusion of smaller jets with long range in its fleet makes sense. The Airbus A321LR, a special version of the A321neo for longer distances, is at the top of the list but still short in range for Lufthansa.

No decision has been taken. A321LR can cross the Atlantic, but it doesn't manage to go from Germany all the way to the east coast,
told Reuters Lufthansa CEO, Carsten Spohr.

Spohr also confirmed that Lufthansa is in talks with Boeing for the Boeing's new mid-range aircraft program unofficially dubbed "797".

Boeing plans to fill the market gap between 737 MAX 10 and 787-8 from 2025 onwards with a model that can fly 5,000 miles as a 225-seater and 4,000 miles as a 275-seater. Boeing is likely to decide this summer whether to start or not the billion-dollar development program for the 757 successor.

For the time being, Lufthansa will not place any further widebody order for its long-haul network. Spohr also excludes the A380 even if Airbus offers the airplane under favorable terms, according to Reuters.