‌Lufthansa still expecting first Dreamliner before end of winter schedule


Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) is still expecting its first Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 to arrive before the end of winter schedule, the carrier said on October 20, 2021. 

A spokesman for Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) confirmed the timeline to AeroTime after the German carrier revealed that the first 787-9 would be named ‘Berlin’. The winter schedule runs until the end of March 2022. 

Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) is expecting to take delivery of five Dreamliners in 2022. The first Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 will be registered D-ABPA and its first scheduled destination will be Toronto. 

The Dreamliner has been hit by a series of structural problems and deliveries are currently halted. 

The five Dreamliners entering the Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) fleet next year were originally destined for another customer. Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) announced on May 3, 2021, that it had reached an agreement with Boeing to take the aircraft. That deal means it has 25 Dreamliners on order. 

A naming ceremony for the first Dreamliner will take place “following delivery of the aircraft next year,” Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) disclosed in the press release on October 20, 2021. The airline has named its aircraft after German cities since 1960.

Until German reunification, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) was banned from flying to Berlin. For 45 years after the end of World War II, only aircraft operated by France, the United States and Britain were allowed to land in the divided city’s Tegel and Tempelhof airports, both in West Berlin. 

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