Lufthansa teases with Swiss and Austrian 787s

Aviation

Lufthansa Group has indicated that its Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines divisions could end up operating some of the company’s newly-ordered Boeing 787-9s.

The group is taking 20 of the type, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, but has yet to decide where they will be based.

It has teased, however, with an image of 787-9s in the colours of both Swiss and Austrian, as well as the livery of the German flag-carrier.

Lufthansa Group says it will be “significantly reducing” the diversification and complexity of its fleet, with seven aircraft types, including four-engined designs, being removed from service.

Swiss still operated Airbus A340s among a long-haul fleet which also includes A330s and Boeing 777-300ERs.

Austrian has about a dozen 777-200ERs and 767-300ERs in its long-haul operation.

“By the middle of the next decade, the entire long-haul fleet [of the group] will have been modernised,” says Lufthansa, adding that it has some 200 long-haul jets.

Lufthansa has already introduced Airbus A350-900s and will start taking Boeing 777-9s from next year.