The Lufthansa Group has firmed up a March decision by its supervisory board and signed a firm order for 100 Airbus A320-family aircraft at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.
Included in the Lufthansa Group order are 100 35 Airbus A320neo jets, 35 A321neos and 30 A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft fitted with Sharklets.
The Lufthansa Group has been operating Airbus A320-family aircraft since October 1989. Lufthansa was the launch customer for the Airbus A321 and belonged to the first operators of the A319 and A320
Its new order, signed on June 17 at the Paris Air Show 2013, confirms Lufthansa’s leading position as the largest Airbus airline customer and operator in Europe, increasing its order for the A320 family to 299 aircraft.
More than 150 of these aircraft have already been delivered to the German airline and its sister airlines in the Lufthansa Group, according to Airbus.
“These modern and fuel-efficient aircraft will meet the future growth and fleet renewal needs of the Lufthansa Group airlines,” says Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.
“By purchasing these aircraft, we will be able in the long term to offer customers a comfortable and modern product in the highly competitive environment,” adds Buchholz. “In addition, these aircraft are contributing significantly to reduce noise and emissions wherever we fly our aircraft to.”
According to the manufacturer, the Airbus A320neo family has captured some 60 per cent of the single-aisle market in the period of just over two years since it was launched.
The A320neo is due to enter into service in late 2015, followed by the A319neo and A321neo in 2016.
To date, nearly 9,500 A320-family aircraft have been ordered and close to 5,600 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.