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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Germany’s Lufthansa Group has ordered 20 long-haul 787 Dreamliner jets, the manufacturer Boeing announced in a press release on Thursday.

    "With the deal, valued at up to $5.8 billion per list prices, the largest airline group in Europe becomes the latest customer for the fastest-selling widebody airplane of all time", the release said.

    By introducing the super-efficient and long-range 787 family, the airline group will be able to fly farther and reduce fuel costs and emissions by more than 20 percent compared to previous-generation jets, the release added.

    READ MORE: Boeing Under Scrutiny, May Face Legal Action

    The 787 Dreamliner is a family of long-range and fuel-efficient commercial airplanes that entered service in 2011. It can fly 242 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 7,355 nautical miles (13,620 km).

    Like Boeing’s 737 Max planes, all of which were grounded this week following two deadly crashes, the Dreamliner has a spotty safety record.

    In 2013, two years after the plane was introduced, electrical fires on two Japanese owned planes prompted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ground the planes for safety checks and design modifications.

    With both the Dreamliner and 737 Max, problems were linked to the introduction of new technology.

    READ MORE: Lufthansa Ready to Comply With New Security Directive for US-Bound Flights

    Lithium-ion batteries for the Dreamliner electrical systems caused two fires, and preliminary reports on the 737 Max blame glitches in the plane's computerized auto-pilot. Two 737 Max crashes, in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killed a combined total of 346 passengers and crew.


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