At a press conference in Germany announcing its annual results for 2014, Lufthansa Group has revealed it is ordering three more Boeing 777-300ER widebodies...

At a press conference in Germany announcing its annual results for 2014, Lufthansa Group has revealed it is ordering three more Boeing 777-300ER widebodies for subsidiary carrier Swiss International Air Lines.

The three additional Boeing 777-300ER widebodies will be delivered in 2017, according to media reports from the Lufthansa Group press conference.


Parent company Lufthansa Group announced on March 12, 2015 that it was increasing subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines' order for Boeing 777-300ERs to nine aircraft from six

Parent company Lufthansa Group announced on March 12, 2015 that it was increasing subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines’ order for Boeing 777-300ERs to nine aircraft from six

 

Boeing then confirmed in a statement that Swiss International Air Lines had announced a commitment to purchase three more 777-300ERs.

The manufacturer says that the new order, which Boeing values at $990 million at list prices, will be posted on its Orders & Deliveries website when the deal is finalized.

Lufthansa Group’s March 12 commitment follows a previous order from the group in 2013 for six 777-300ERs, with all of the aircraft to be operated by Swiss International Air Lines.

Swiss International Air Lines was due in 2016 to become Lufthansa Group's only subsidiary operating the Boeing 777-300ER. It was scheduled to take delivery of the first of nine ordered 777-300ERs in 2016

Swiss International Air Lines was due in 2016 to become Lufthansa Group’s only subsidiary operating the Boeing 777-300ER. It was scheduled to take delivery of the first of nine ordered 777-300ERs in 2016

 

The Zurich-based carrier is due to begin taking delivery of its first six 777-300ERs in 2016. It will use the aircraft to replace some of the Airbus A340-300 widebodies it now operates.

Swiss International Air Lines will be the only airline subsidiary of Lufthansa Group to operate the 777-300ER.

Sister carrier Austrian Airlines operates five Boeing 777-200ERs and Lufthansa German Airlines has ordered 34 777-9Xs and optioned an unspecified number of additional examples.

On March 12, 2015, Lufthansa Group said it would increase subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines' order for Boeing 777-300Ers to nine aircraft from six, with the three additional aircraft to be delivered in 2017

On March 12, 2015, Lufthansa Group said it would increase subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines’ order for Boeing 777-300ERs to nine aircraft from six, with the three additional aircraft to be delivered in 2017

 

However, deliveries of Lufthansa’s 777-9Xs will not begin until at least 2020, because Boeing will only begin delivering it two new-generation 777 models in that year.

Swiss International Air Lines currently serves 69 destinations across 37 countries worldwide from Zurich, Basel and Geneva airports with a fleet of more than 90 narrow and widebody aircraft.

According to a Reuters report, Lufthansa Group also announced during its annual results press conference on March 12 that it was purchasing six used Airbus A320 single-aisle jets for the group’s new Eurowings low-cost operation, to add to 23 new A320s already down for allocation to the carrier.

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