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.
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.
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.
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.