This is the first assembly of Lufthansa’s 777x
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Lufthansa Airlines yesterday released a photo of the fuselage component connection of its first Boeing 777-9, which will be delivered to Lufthansa in the summer of next year. Its fleet also welcomed an additional 777F.
The twenty Boeing 777-9s ordered firm by the German national airline are expected between 2020 and 2025, and the first of them was photographed on the final assembly line at Everett. The configuration of the Lufthansa 777-9s remains unknown to this day, but it is already known what their Business class should look like: alternating 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 arrangements (instead of 2-2-2 in the 747s they will replace) with all seats facing the front of the aircraft, and decoration in blue and grey tones; the seat has a larger tablet to order it, and a special shoulder support for those sleeping on the side. The same seats should be deployed at Swiss and Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr has already announced, but will not be installed in aircraft already in service. We still don’t know if the 777X will benefit from a First Class.
The Star Alliance airline is expecting 34 Boeing 777-9s, 14 of which are “reconfirmable”, plus 20 options. It should be recalled that it has been replaced by Emirates Airlines as the launch company for the 777X program, and last summer mentioned a possible slowdown in deliveries of the new Boeing. The roll-out of the first 777-9 is expected in mid-March.