8 OCTOBER 2018
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New aircraft orders worth a total of $5.57bn at list prices from the Lufthansa Group and United Airlines were announced by Airbus and Boeing last week.
Airbus’s deal involved a conversion of options on 27 A320neo-family narrow-body aircraft to firm orders for 23 A320neos and four A321neos by the German consortium, while Boeing collected a firm order for nine B787-9s from the US carrier.
Lufthansa will deploy 10 of the new Neos to its Swiss International subsidiary, using both CFM Leap-1A and Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines in line with the group’s policy to split the two types among the group-wide Airbus narrow-body fleet.
United said its B787-9 order reflects its strategy to replace older widebodies. The carrier has now ordered a total of 64 Dreamliners.
Later this year, the carrier plans to take delivery of the largest Dreamliner, the B787-10, and will deploy it on premium transcontinental routes in the US, primarily New York Newark to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The United order pushes the Dreamliner net order count above 100 for the year and one short of 1,400 since the start of the programme. For Airbus, the Lufthansa deal raises the A320neo order total to 6,100 from more than 100 customers.
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