Lufthansa has confirmed that its first B787-9 aircraft will be deployed onto the carrier’s Frankfurt-Toronto route this winter.
Earlier this year Lufthansa Group announced the purchase of ten new widebody aircraft, including five B787-9s set to be delivered by the first half of 2022.
At the time the group said that it had been able to secure the deliveries at relatively short notice, following discussions with Boeing which resulted in the purchase of already manufactured Dreamliners which had been destined for other carriers before the onset of the Covid-19 crisis.
In a tweet this week Lufthansa said:
“Exciting news from Lufthansa’s “Dreamliner” team: The first destination for our @BoeingAirplanes 787-9 will be YYZ @TorontoPearson, with service from @Airport_FRA”.
A subsequent reply to queries added that “The first Boeing 787-9 aircraft is scheduled to operate for Lufthansa within the coming winter schedule, with others to follow in the first half of 2022”.
It’s not yet known what seating products will feature on these Dreamliners, and it’s also worth noting that their delivery could be delayed by a recent directive by the Federal Aviation Administration regarding inspections on some undelivered B787s.
Reuters reports that “Boeing Co’s delivery of 787 Dreamliners will likely remain halted until at least late October”.