Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

The war between two giants: Boeing and Airbus

LufthansaLufthansa opens tender for 100 narrowbodies, eight widebodies:

Boeing and Airbus are now entering into discussions with Lufthansa to claim newly-authorised orders for eight widebody aircraft and 100 single-aisle aircraft, the German flag carrier says today.

Lufthansa's supervisory board in a meeting earlier today cleared the company's executives to begin the negotiations with the airframers.

Lufthansa currently operates a mix of Airbus and Boeing widebodies and narrowbodies, but plans to phase out a fleet of 17 Boeing 737-300s and 22 737-500s by 2016.

Lufthansa already signed an order in July 2011 for 25 re-engined A320neos and five A321neos powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.

Airbus plans to introduce the A320neo into service in 2015, and Boeing schedules entry into service for the re-engined 737 Max in 2017.

Lufthansa last selected the 747-8I on the widebody side of the fleet with a 20-aircraft order that has been reduced to 19. It also operates A330, A340s and A380s.

The negotiating process was launched as Lufthansa posted a net profit in 2012 of $1.32 billion (€990 million) on a 4.9% increase in revenues to $40.1 billion.

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