Boeing and the Lufthansa Group today celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner, a 787-9, to Europe's largest airline group at Paine Field, Everett.

The Lufthansa Group has 32 firm orders for the 787 and joins nearly 50 customers worldwide.

"With the Boeing 787, we are introducing another modern aircraft type that is one of the most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in our fleet," said Jens Ritter, CEO Lufthansa Airlines. "This will allow us to significantly further improve the average CO2 balance. This aircraft is sustainable and offers customers a premium flying experience."

"Today's delivery to the Lufthansa Group is a significant milestone for both companies as we resume European 787 deliveries and Lufthansa receives its first 787. I am delighted to see Lufthansa join a growing set of airlines worldwide operating the industry's most capable twin-engine airplane,"

Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

"With unmatched fuel efficiency and huge passenger appeal, the 787 will play an integral role in the Lufthansa Group's long-haul network." Deal said.

In addition to 32 787 Dreamliners on order, the Lufthansa Group has firm orders for 20 777-9 passenger airplanes and recently placed a firm order for seven of the new 777-8 Freighter.

Lufthansa 787 Business Class

According to Executive Traveller, Lufthansa’s first five Boeing 787s were previously built for China’s Hainan Airlines, although financial difficulties mean the Chinese carrier never took delivery of the jets.

As such, these ‘Lufthansa' Boeing 787s come fully outfitted with Hainan Airlines seats.

Photo: Hainan B787 interior

The interior is intended to serve as an 'interim' business class, bridging the gap between Lufthansa's current and next-generation product.

A brand new Lufthansa business class seat will be added to the mix in 2023, with factory-fresh A350s and 787s due to launch the airline’s long-awaited next generation business class seat developed for the Boeing 777-9.