Lufthansa pense que les soucis du 787 affecteront les délais pour le 747-8.
Si le délai s'allonge, LH pourra négocier avec Boeing et ne paiera vraiment pas cher ses 20 747-8.
Lufthansa commits to 747-8 but braces for possible delay
By David Kaminski-Morrow
German flag-carrier Lufthansa is braced for a possible further delay
to its Boeing 747-8 aircraft in the wake of the newly-disclosed
problems with the 787.
The carrier, which has an order for 20 passenger 747-8s, is
remaining committed to the type. It is not seeking to defer deliveries
of the 747-8 or its Airbus A380s.
But chief financial officer Stephan Gemkow, in an investor
presentation on 25 June, said the "quite spectacular" revelation about
the latest 787 delay was likely to have a knock-on effect on the larger
"I'm sure the delay of the 787 will mean that they have to pull in
more engineering resources, and that will [mean] even further delays,
as a consequence, for the 747-8," says Gemkow. "I would not be
surprised to learn this some weeks and months in the future."
He says that, despite the economic slowdown, the carrier has "not undertaken any effort so far to postpone any delivery".
statements, saying that the carrier is "sticking to its decision" to
acquire the 747-8 and adding that there is "no discussion of a
Deprosse says the airline is to receive five A380 aircraft next year
for operations from Frankfurt Main and that the A380 summer 2010
schedule is on track.
Lufthansa has been examining about 20 destinations for the type and
while it has not confirmed its first routes, a source familiar with the
strategy indicates that New York will be a priority.
Deprosse says that Lufthansa's A380 plans initially centre on
delivery of 10 aircraft. "There are further five aircraft which were
part of the original deal, back in 2001, when Lufthansa ordered 15
A380s," he says.
"But it's a mixture, it's a firm order for the first 10 and there is
an option for a final decision for number 11 to number 15. This has
never changed, this was the original negotiation in the deal that we
had with Airbus."