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In 2014, the Lufthansa Group will welcome 23 ultra-modern new aircraft to its fleet

"Welcome to the Lufthansa fleet, 'Yankee Lima'!", was the salute awaiting Lufthansa's tenth Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental on February 7, 2014 at Frankfurt Airport. The jumbo jet with registration number "D-ABYL" is just one of six "dash-8" aircraft to join Lufthansa this year. 

The year 2014 marks the start of fleet modernization at Lufthansa: by 2025, the company will take delivery of 261 next-generation aircraft - at a list price of some 32 billion euros. In February and March state-of-the-art planes will be arriving in Frankfurt like pearls on a string: alongside two Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals, Lufthansa will acquire one Airbus A380, A330 and A320 each. Germanwings will receive an A319, while Lufthansa Cargo will take delivery of a Boeing 777F freighter. All in all, the Group expects to receive 23 ultra-modern commercial aircraft this year.

Highest environmental protection standards

"With these new, state-of-the-art aircraft, we are investing in both passenger comfort for customers and the ecological sustainability of flight operations," says Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Group, on the occasion of the arrival of the tenth of 19 new jumbo jets in Frankfurt. Such as the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, for example: the new jumbo is much quieter and consumes significantly less kerosene. The aircraft's modern engines shrink its noise footprint by 30 percent while cutting per-passenger CO2 emissions by 15 percent.

Ultra-modern aircraft for a future-compliant Lufthansa fleet

For the Lufthansa Group, these new aircraft introduce the very latest technology, boost ecological efficiency and passenger comfort, and put into practice the investment decisions taken in recent years. Fleet modernization at Group companies is being carried out as part of fundamental regeneration work at the Lufthansa Group and has also proved the worth of the SCORE program. Christoph Franz: "Lufthansa Group employees work hard to ensure the success of our company in a demanding market segment. They are the driving force behind the success of our SCORE modernization program. We're now starting to see the fruits of their efforts - and that's a reason to celebrate." 

After a final fit-out at Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt and operational approval, the latest delivery - the "Yankee Lima" - could start scheduled flights already at the end of February. It will replace an older Boeing 747-400, which will then be taken out of service.


More comfort - for any class of passenger

The new aircrafts set the highest standards when it comes to in-cabin comfort. On board the Boeing 747-8, passengers can enjoy the new Business Class with its outstanding seat and sleep comfort, additional stowage space and a personal entertainment system whose screen has again been enlarged to a 15-inch monitor. First Class offers passengers a particularly restful flight, with outer skin insulation, special sound-blocking cabin curtains and footfall-deadening flooring materials. Passengers also enjoy an exclusive travel experience thanks to aircraft seats which convert into beds measuring 2.07 meters by 80 centimeters. Economy Class passengers also enjoy improved seating, ensuring they travel to their destination in comfort.

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