Lufthansa wanted the B757 for use on thinner longhaul routes to the Middle East, Africa and Russia that can’t efficiently support the A340.
"The 757 is no longer a priority" was the quote from Lufthansa Senior VP Network Management, who went on to say;
" We consider the A330 to be a very attractive option for future fleet expansion"
While this appears good news for the A330, it doesn't solve a problem for Lufthansa - what are they going to replace the A300/310 with?
The B757 was an ideal replacement, and could have also been deployed on longer sectors, but Lufthansa appear to have ruled this out now. Condor's operation of the type does not appear to have swayed the decision, since from an operational standpoint it is an independent company. The A330 while being better choice for longer routes, and proving commonality with the A320 and A340 fleets, is too large for shorthaul routes. This may mean there will be no direct replacement for the A300/310 fleets, with A330s operating longer runs and Lufthansa having to used A321s at increased frequency to maintain capacity. Can't see many more options if the B757 is ruled out...
The article makes it clear an A330 order is not expected to be announced in the near future.
Flight International goes on to say that at the Lufthansa board will be asked to approve an order for 5 B747-400s, as partial replacement for the B747-200 fleet, at the same time as approving the A380 order which has been delayed by the pilots dispute.
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