US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it welcomes Lufthansa´s selection of the 777-9X for its future long-haul fleet. The German carrier this week announced USD 19bn order for new jets with the 59-jet deal split between Boeing and European airframer Airbus.
According to Boeing, the launch of the 777X family is targeted for later this year and entry into service around the end of the decade.
The 777X is an advanced version of the 777 family, which first entered service in 1994.
With the 777X, Boeing is incorporating advanced technology including a new composite wing, all-new engines and superior aerodynamics that the airframer said will result in markedly improved fuel efficiency.
The 777-9X, with around 400 seats, will be the largest twin-engine commercial jet in the world.
Earlier this year, the Lufthansa Group ordered six 777-300ERs for the fleet of Swiss International Airlines. Boeing will deliver the first of Lufthansa Cargo´s five new 777 Freighters later this year.
Lufthansa currently operates 93 Boeing airplanes within its group fleets.
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