Lufthansa is gearing up to take delivery of its 1st Boeing 787 tomorrow. According to a post on the airline’s Instagram story and confirmed to reporters by the airline, D-ABPA is scheduled to depart Seattle at approximately 16:00 local time before coming to the airline’s Frankfurt stronghold tomorrow morning.
The Boeing 787 entered revenue service over a decade ago, meaning that Lufthansa is very late to the party regarding the Dreamliner. But they said better late than never, and Lufthansa is now due to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 before it undergoes a cabin fit-out at Frankfurt Airport.
Lufthansa Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Following delivery, the jet will fly to Frankfurt Airport, Germany, as LH9921, where it is due to touch down tomorrow morning. It appears as though Lufthansa won’t make much of a song or dance about the jet coming in Frankfurt. It is due to head straight into a maintenance hangar where it will spend several weeks receiving its new cabin.
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The German flag carrier has yet to confirm the dates of the 787’s entry into service. So far, we know that the aircraft will begin operating domestic routes within Germany for crew training. Once the aircraft goes long-haul, its 1st intercontinental destination will be Toronto.
The 1st Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 will be registered as D-ABPA and bear the name “Berlin”. Though the aircraft is being delivered “as new”, it is already three years old. According to Planespotters.net, the plane first flew on August 27th, 2019.
Lufthansa is the third airline interested in this particular jet. Hainan Airlines had initially been due to take delivery of the aircraft before this passed on to Vistara. As both carriers didn’t take delivery of the aircraft, it was up for grabs, and the German flag carrier jumped at the opportunity to take it. In total, Lufthansa has 32 Boeing 787s on order, due to be delivered by 2027.
The delivery of Lufthansa’s 1st Boeing 787 will be significant in more ways than one. Firstly, it is always a big occasion when a carrier takes delivery of their first aircraft model. This is especially true of a large carrier such as Lufthansa.
However, it is also a key milestone in Boeing’s return to 787 Dreamliner deliveries. Due to regulatory problems, the American aerospace giant had to pause deliveries of the widebody for over a year.
The Lufthansa aircraft will be the fourth 787 to be delivered since deliveries resumed earlier this month. However, it will be the first Boeing 787-9. According to Planespotters.net, The other three aircraft delivered so far are,
- August 10th – American Airlines – Boeing 787-8 – N880BJ
- August 15th – American Airlines – Boeing 787-8 – N876AL
- August 26th – KLM – Boeing 787-10 – PH-BKH
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