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Lufthansa Orders Boeing Jumbo Jets

May 22, 1986 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) _ Lufthansa German Airlines has announced it will purchase up to 15 Boeing 747-400 jetliners in an order valued at about $2.1 billion.

Also on Wednesday, Boeing President Frank Shrontz said his company will start manufacturing a major component of 747 jumbo jets in Canada.

The Lufthansa order is significant because West Germany is a participant in Airbus Industrie, the European consortium that is one of Boeing’s competitors. Nevertheless, Lufthansa is the largest overseas operator of Boeing aircraft.

The Lufthansa order includes six on firm order and nine option aircraft to replace older 747-200s. The jets are scheduled for delivery beginning in February 1989, Boeing said in a news release.

The order is Boeing’s second largest this year, topped only by Singapore Airlines’ $3.3 billion order for 14 747-400s with options for six more.

The 747-400 was selected for the German carrier’s long-distance, high- density routes between Germany and Singapore, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The jet can travel non-stop with full cargo and passenger loads over these routes with fuel savings.

The 747-400 will consume about 10 percent less fuel per seat than the 747-300s and about 18 percent less than the 747-200s.

The first 747-400 is scheduled to be completed at Everett in early 1988. The plane’s 8,000-mile range is the longest and its seat-mile costs lowest among all 747s, according to Boeing.

Boeing now has orders for 721 747s, including 36 of the new-technology 747-400s.

Lufthansa and its subsidiary, Condor, have ordered 209 Boeing aircraft. The carrier has taken delivery of 189 and will receive its first 737-300 this summer under a previous order.

The decision to build wing-to-body fairings in Canada will give Boeing credit against the $155 million (Canadian) purchase of de Havilland Aircraft of Canada.

The one-ton fairing improves the flow of air over the part of the jet where the wing joins the fuselage.

The cheaper Canadian dollar was also a factor in the decision, Shrontz said.

Boeing of Canada’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, plant will be the primary producer of the fairing, but 40 percent of the work will be subcontracted to other Canadian suppliers, possibly including Boeing’s plant in Arnprior, Ontario, and de Havilland.

The fairing contract would inject about $11 million (Canadian) a year into the Canadian economy and create as many as 250 jobs, Shrontz said.