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InvestmentsLufthansa eyes Boeing freighter as cargo grabs spotlight By Reuters

Lufthansa eyes Boeing freighter as cargo grabs spotlight By Reuters

¬© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: German airline Lufthansa’s Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr attends the corporate’s annual information convention in Frankfurt, Germany March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

By Ilona Wissenbach and Riham Alkousaa

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany’s Lufthansa is in talks with Boeing (NYSE:) on shopping for a attainable new freighter model of the 777X jetliner, whereas welcoming competitors with a brand new Airbus A350 cargo airplane, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr stated on Friday.

“We have been negotiating about this morning, but there is much more negotiation to be done,” Spohr stated at an occasion to current the upcoming Boeing 777X passenger airplane.

Fitted with cumbersome take a look at gear as an alternative of seats, the large twin-engined take a look at airplane stopped off in Frankfurt after visiting the Dubai Airshow, the place host Emirates is the biggest 777X buyer, and Qatar, whose flag service can be a buyer.

Spohr’s feedback come amid competitors to promote new cargo planes to satisfy demand within the wake of the coronavirus disaster.

Qatar Airways stated this week it had an “interesting” proposal from Boeing for a possible 777X freighter, for which it’s extensively anticipated to be a launch buyer later this yr.

Airbus this week introduced an inaugural leasing buyer for the freighter model of its A350 as it seeks to interrupt right into a Boeing-dominated marketplace for cargo planes.

Bloomberg News reported it could announce a brand new freighter order in a while Friday.

Cargolux, a serious operator of Boeing 747 freighters, is being closely wooed by Airbus, business sources stated.

Simple Flying reported final month {that a} delegation from the Luxembourg-based cargo service had visited Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. Online publication ‘aero Telegraph’ reported that two latest A350 take a look at flights had carried the decision signal CARGOLUX.

Speaking in Frankfurt, Spohr stated Lufthansa could be the primary airline to obtain the 777X passenger airplane in 2023.

“That was confirmed today … we will be the first operator to receive the aircraft,” Spohr added.

It additionally expects to obtain its first Boeing 787 airplane on time for the summer time season subsequent yr.

The first 777X supply has been delayed by two and half years, partly attributable to coronavirus pandemic and talks with aviation regulators within the U.S. and Europe, Boeing stated.

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