Lufthansa has become the recipient of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner after Boeing received approval to resume deliveries last week. The German airline inaugurated its fourth 787-9 on Thursday.
Lufthansa takes delivery of D-ABPE
Lufthansa has welcomed the first Boeing 787 since the Seattle-based aircraft maker was cleared to resume deliveries – the aircraft (registration: D-ABPE) was named ‘Düsseldorf’ and arrived at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) nine hours flying time from Paine on Thursday morning Field (PAE).
The airline posted on its Twitter account,
“Welcome home Papa-Echo: @Lufthansa welcomes her fourth #Boeing787. The plane with flight number LH9872 landed this morning from Everett in Frankfurt.”
On February 23, Boeing was ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to halt deliveries of 787 Dreamliners following the discovery of a fuselage problem, before being cleared to resume deliveries on March 10.
Interestingly enough, as reported by Seattle Times journalist Dominic Gates, Boeing still managed to deliver one 787-10 Dreamliner even after it was ordered to cease deliveries, as the FAA had already approved it. The next Dreamliner recipient is expected to be American Airlines, with Lufthansa likely to welcome another 787 in March.
The fourth of many
Lufthansa now has four Dreamliners in its fleet and a further 28 on order, bringing the number to 32 once all deliveries have been completed. Like its three other Dreamliners, the D-ABPE was destined for Hainan Airlines, but the Chinese airline did not take over.
Photo: Tom Boon | Simple flying
Lufthansa Group has more than 100 widebody aircraft on order following a $7.5 billion commitment for 22 additional widebody aircraft – 15 Airbus A350s and seven Boeing 787-9s – announced earlier this month. In fact, the airline could welcome even more after opening talks to take slots rejected by other airlines.
It was an important week for the 787 Dreamliner program after Boeing received a sizeable order for 78 aircraft from Saudia and new carrier Riyadh Air worth an estimated $37 billion. The aircraft maker has secured nearly 200 orders for the widebody in the past four months, including major deals with United Airlines and Air India.
Boeing is sticking to its goal of producing 10 787s per month by 2025-2026 — earlier this year the company revealed it was delaying its five-per-month goal to the end of 2023 due to supply chain issues. The manufacturer is also sticking to its estimate of 70-80 Dreamliner deliveries this year, which equates to between 6 and 7 deliveries per month.
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- IATA/ICAO code:
- Airline type:
- Full service carrier
- Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport
- Year of establishment:
- Star Alliance
- Lufthansa Group
- Carsten Spohr
- Stock code:
- Type of company:
- Aircraft maker
- Founded date:
- Dave Calhoun
- Location head office:
- Chicago, USA
- Main product lines:
- Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787