Lufthansa’s first Boeing 787-9 with the registration D-ABPA and the future name “Berlin” will be delivered to the German flag carrier following certification by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) this summer.
The long-haul Dreamliner aircraft will consume an average of around 2.5 litres of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometres flown – around 25 per cent less than their predecessor aircraft.
Improved cabin product
The Boeing 787-9 “Berlin” will have an improved cabin product, Lufthansa said, including direct aisle access for all passengers in Business Class.
Following several weeks of planned cabin refurbishments at Lufthansa’s maintenance in Frankfurt, the aircraft will be deployed initially on domestic German routes for training purposes.
First destination revealed
The first intercontinental scheduled destination of the Lufthansa Dreamliner will be Toronto.
In total, the Lufthansa Group has ordered 32 Boeing Dreamliners with delivery between 2022 and 2027.
German cities honoured
Since 1960, Lufthansa has had a tradition of naming its aircraft after German cities. Willy Brandt, West Germany’s Chancellor in the late 1960s and 70s, honoured Lufthansa during his tenure as Mayor of West Berlin (1957–1966) by naming the airline’s first Boeing 707 “Berlin”.
More recently, an Airbus A380 with the registration identifier D-AIMI bore the name of Germany’s capital.