The Lufthansa Group, Airbus’ largest airline customer and operator, took delivery of the first A320neo on January 20.
Equipped with all new technology Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan engines, the A320neo is designed to set even higher standards in aircraft efficiency, reducing emissions and noise as well as burning 15% less fuel than current generation aircraft from day one and 20% less by 2020.
Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG commented: “We are happy that we are the first airline worldwide to receive the Airbus A320neo. “Featuring the leading technology of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney, the A320neo is by far the most efficient and most silent aircraft on short- and medium-haul routes.
“With lower fuel consumption and consequently lower CO2 emissions, the A320neo has a clearly improved environmental performance. Furthermore, the new jet engine technology makes the aircraft considerably quieter. As a result, we have ordered a total of 116 aircraft of this type for the airlines of the Lufthansa Group.
“Today we prove once again that as an aviation company and airline group we are pioneers in the development and introduction of technical innovations. In this year alone the Lufthansa Group will receive a total of 52 new aircraft, a number we have not received in years”, he added.
Celebrating the 1st A320neo Delivery to Lufthansa. From left to right: Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Robert Leduc, Pratt & Whitney President. (Photo: Airbus)