Lufthansa to order A340 successor in 2013

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Lufthansa plans to order successor aircraft for its Airbus A340 fleet in 2013.

The German flag carrier wants to make a long-haul aircraft order in the second half of the year to replace its A340-300s and -600s, said Christoph Franz, group chief executive, at the company's annual press conference in Frankfurt on 14 March.

The expected order will not include any orders for A380s or Boeing 747-8Is, he says, but will focus entirely on smaller long-haul aircraft.

The targeted capacity class includes the A350, 787 and 777.

Lufthansa Group has ordered six 777-300ERs as replacement for the A340s at its Swiss International Air Lines subsidiary.

The Zurich-based carrier operates 15 A340-300s.

When the six 777s will be delivered has not been revealed. But Swiss told Flightglobal Pro in early 2012 that an A340 successor will be required between 2015 and 2017.

Franz has not specified when Lufthansa will need to replace its A340s.

The Frankfurt-based carrier operates 39 A340-300s and 24 A340-600s, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.