Lufthansa Signs Major Airbus Order

(Photo: M Lindner)

(Photo: M Lindner)

The Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 100 A320 Family aircraft (35 A320 NEO, 35 A321 NEO and 30 A320 CEO with Sharklets) and two A380s worth approximately US$ 11.2 billion at list prices.  The engine choices will be
announced by the airline at a later date.
This latest acquisition reconfirms the Lufthansa Group as Airbus’ largest airline customer, with a total of 532 aircraft ordered.  Today the Lufthansa Group is also Airbus’ biggest
operator worldwide with 385 Airbus aircraft currently in service.  These include: 271 A320 Family, 41 A330s, 63 A340s, and ten A380s.
Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management commented: ‘’The A380 fulfills all our expectations, it’s a very reliable aircraft and our passengers’ feedback is excellent.  We are delighted to add again two more A380s to our fleet and together with the 100 new A320 Family aircraft these new jets will contribute to cutting our operational costs significantly while reducing our environmental footprint and offering our passengers a benchmark travel comfort thanks to the widest cabins in their respective fleet category.”
John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, added: “We thank Lufthansa for their continuing strong confidence in our market leading aircraft.  “This third A380 order is a clear sign that the aircraft is working well for our prestigious customer Lufthansa.  I am equally pleased, that with this order we are getting close to 2,000 NEO orders in just over two years, proving this jet is clearly the single aisle aircraft of choice.”
Lufthansa says the A320 NEO and A320 CEO family aircraft will be used for its Groups’ network development and fleet modernisation.  While the CEO with Sharklets will deliver a four% fuel burn reduction, the NEO will contribute to cutting Lufthansa’s fuel burn by another 15% and points out the A380 demonstrates a 12% fuel burn reduction compared to its nearest competitor.