Delta777Jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2916 times:
As a former employee of Lufthansa, we always got the information that LH is buying Airbus and Boeing planes due to competition as they don`t won`t to get price ruled by just one manufacture.
The last planes Lufthansa got from Boeing where some B-747`s.
And the remaining 737`s are being phased out (slowly).
Why doesn`t Lufthansa buy the B-777 to replace the 4 engined A-340 on the middle eastern routes? Does the A-330 (of course it is similar to the A-340) have the range and capacity like an 777 especially in cargo as Lufthansa if being a big cargo carrier as well. ????
Sk From Germany, joined Apr 2003, 75 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2883 times:
Well I guess the capacity is not used at all, so the Airbus 330 is fine on these routes.
I heard two rumors concerning LH und Boeing. The older one is, that LH Cargo possibly order some 777 as freighter. The other one, that LH will replace the 737 with 717. The 717 would then be used on routes to and from peripheral airports (STR, DUS etc.) because of the lower operational costs.
If this one is true - we may see a large order of 717 soon.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2712 posts, RR: 48 Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2877 times:
Would the B777 fit LH?
Most probably YES. They might use some for a handful of selected routes where a B747 is a bit to big and an A330 is just somewhat too small. (range has nothing to do with it in my feeling; it is only about seat and cargo capacity) Will LH take any B777 then?
NO Without any doubt. Why not?
They might need around 10 of them, certainly not more, but a fleet of only 10 B777 in such a big Airbus fleet is most likely going to cost them much more than the few extra euros the use of those B777 would generate.
LH will use the A340-600 in stead.
Noelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2809 times:
Don't forget that now the majority of the LH fleet is Airbus, so throwing a few more Boings into the works would most likely prove quite costly. (easier to have crews cross trained on all Airbus than a combination, maintenance costs, compatibility of parts etc)...
Are LH looking to get rid of the rest of their 744s?
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2778 times:
Not in the midterm noel, they couldn't do it, it's still their largest aircraft that is needed on several routes, in the long term after A380 is operational...well who knows.
B777 freighters: Yes possibly, it depends on the deal. Please remember how LH became MD-11F operator: There were a few new aircraft, at a price that they just couldn't refuse, so if a deal on 777 came up...why not?
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10066 posts, RR: 11 Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
Whith the same right one could ask you if Delta would be fit to buy A340s.
And to answer Noelg: "Are LH looking to get rid of the rest of their 744s?"
Rest of what? They never sold a single one. And the newest one is just a year old. The 744 is LHs longhaul backbone. I guess only some early built ones from 1989 might leave when the A380 will be introduced in 4 years time (or some will be converted to freighters). It would be a surprise if less than half of the current LH Jumbo fleet would be gone before 2010.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7873 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2536 times:
If you're talking 777-200ER, I really doubt LH wants them because the airline already has a plane with fairly similar cargo/pax capacity: the A340-300. LH's fleet is mostly Airbus planes anyway, and I expect LH to slowly phase out their 747-400 fleet in favor of a mix between the A340-600 and A380-800 starting in 2008.
However, I DO think LH has expressed considerable interest in the Boeing 7E7. Besides full LD3 container compatibility, the 7E7 would be perfect to replace the A300B/A310 fleet for LH's busier European routes and also for expansion to destinations where even the A330-200 is too big.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2357 times:
In my view, LH is single most committed A340 operator in the world. Correct me if there is another operator that is devoted to 340 than LH. Even Air France opted for 772ER/773ER instead of more 340 when time came for incremental orders. I think it would be pointless for them to change direction now.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2315 times:
As far as 340 is concerned, yes (it's 28 343s and 3 342s, though I'm not sure if the 342s are currently flying).
Besides: LH was launch customer of 340.
But 7E7 as a replacement for the 300/310 fleet (God, I'll miss each and every one of them, having flown on each so many times ) is a viable solution that fits the timeframe, and I do have the feeling that LH's already published interest in this aircraft is genuine. There's just no alternative in the Airbus program.
As for 777 Freighter: I've heard these speculations quite often in the last 12-18 months, let some carrier go belly-up or just cancel an order, and Boeing is not able to find another buyer...that's basically how they ended up flying MD-11
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
I would say that LH takes the cake still because of the size of their 340 fleet:
10(?) 346 (on order)
The VS 340 fleet is much smaller I believe. Also any airline willing to keep the 342 at all must really like the 340. That airplane has been dumped by Air France, Air Tahiti, and perhaps others because of its poor economics.
I think the 340 program would have been in trouble without a large, world-class airline like LH behind it. They are the anchor of the program.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10066 posts, RR: 11 Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1785 times:
I think LH Cargo has more urgent fleetplans than the 777F. This bird wouldn´t make a good replacement for the 747-200F, only for the MD11Fs. And they´re still pretty new and certainly not meant to go before 2010. For the 742F-replacement the only aircraft on the market is the 744F.
I don´t know exact numbers of ex-SIA Airbusses still parked, but two ex-SIA A343s just went to Gulf Air last month, others to CX two years ago.