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(AP) German airline Lufthansa is ordering 34 new jets from Boeing and 25 from European rival Airbus as it updates its long-haul fleet.


Lufthansa said the orders were worth 14 billion euros ($19 billion) at list prices. Big orders, however, often get discounts.


The Boeing 777-9X and Airbus A350-900 jets will begin being delivered in 2016. They will replace older craft such as Boeing 747-700s and Airbus A340-300s.


The company said the new planes will make its fleet more fuel-efficient and quieter as well as improve passenger comfort through wider cabins.


Lufthansa is facing tough competition from Middle Eastern airlines on long-haul routes between Europe and Asia, as well as competition from low-cost airlines on shorter routes.


Associated Press
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