Lufthansa boss expresses frustration over Boeing problems

Lufthansa boss expresses frustration over Boeing problems
Lufthansa boss expresses frustration over Boeing problems

Boeing’s plane delivery delays are “extremely annoying” and cost Lufthansa a lot of money, but the U.S. planemaker should be able to resolve its problems, the German airline’s CEO said in an interview with a newspaper.

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr was blunt when asked by Swiss daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung about the impact of Boeing’s recent setbacks and resulting delivery delays.

“It’s extremely annoying and it’s costing us a lot of money,” Mr. Spohr said in the interview published over the weekend. “But I’m sure Boeing will get the problems under control.”

The Lufthansa boss said the industry needed two strong suppliers, also referring to Boeing’s European rival Airbus.

“Everyone has an interest in Boeing soon being able to build large planes more reliably again,” he added.

Asked about the possibility of buying Chinese planes, Mr. Spohr downplayed the prospect.

“Given the safety standards we apply within the Lufthansa Group, I do not think this is realistic for the coming years,” he said.

Mr Spohr was optimistic about regulatory approval of a proposed Lufthansa stake in Italy’s ITA Airways, and said he would not be prepared to give up on transatlantic flights to America from the North as a concession to obtain the green light. (Writing: Dave Graham; Editing: Jan Harvey)

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