FRANKFURT, GERMANY — Lufthansa Group's CEO, Carsten Spohr, has announced that the airline will receive its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft in 2026. In a statement released on May 1, ahead of the company's annual general meeting next week, Spohr described the A350-1000 as the "big sister" of the A350-900.

In March, the German carrier ordered 15 additional Airbus A350s, including its first -1000s, and seven more Boeing 787s for delivery from the middle of this decade. The order includes 10 A350-1000s and five of the smaller -900s. Lufthansa currently operates 21 A350-900s, with 33 more on order.

Spohr noted that the A350-1000, with a fuselage length of nearly 74 meters, is about seven meters longer than the -900 version. The aircraft's capacity is roughly 15% higher than the A350-900, with a slightly shorter range. The company also has orders for 20 777-9s, the deliveries of which have been delayed until the middle of this decade.

Regarding the 777-9, Spohr informed shareholders that the aircraft should have already been in service for two years but has faced significant delays from Boeing. Consequently, Lufthansa does not anticipate the first delivery before 2025.

In total, the company has placed orders for nearly 200 new aircraft, with a combined list value of $48 billion and delivery dates extending until 2030. This investment represents the largest in the company's history. Lufthansa expects to receive about 35 new aircraft in 2023, which equates to roughly one new plane every ten days.