Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 100 Airbus A320-family aircraft and two A380s, as well as six Boeing 777-300ERs – the Boeing widebodies being destined for Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines.
The Airbus A320-family order will consist of 35 A320neos, 35 A321neos and 30 A320 current-engine option (A320ceo) aircraft with Sharklets.
Airbus values the Lufthansa Group order for 102 aircraft at approximately $11.2 billion at list prices. Boeing values the group’s commitment on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines for six Boeing 777-300ERs at $1.9 billion at list prices.
According to Boeing, Swiss International Air Lines will use its Boeing 777-300ER widebodies to renew its long-haul fleet, with the Boeing jets replacing the Airbus A340-300s the carrier operates now.
Swiss International Air Lines says it will gradually phase out its A340-300s from 2016 onwards, as the Boeing 777-300ERs are delivered. The pending order by the Zurich-based airline represents the first order by a Lufthansa Group carrier for the Boeing 777-300ER, though group subsidiary Austrian Airlines operates 777-200ERs.
Lufthansa will announce its engine choices for the A320-family aircraft at a later date, according to Airbus.
Swiss International Air Lines is now working with Boeing to finalize the details of its 777-300ER order, at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
Lufthansa Group’s latest large Airbus-aircraft acquisition reconfirms the 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 jets, 41 A330s, 63 A340s, and 10 Airbus A380 superjumbos.
“The A380 fulfills all our expectations, it’s a very reliable aircraft and our passengers’ feedback is excellent,” says Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.
“This third A380 order is a clear sign that the aircraft is working well for our prestigious customer Lufthansa,” says John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers for Airbus. “I am equally pleased, that with this order we are getting close to 2,000 NEO orders in just over two years.”
“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,” adds Buchholz.
“The Boeing 777-300ER is the ideal size and range to meet our Swiss market needs,” says Harry Hohmeister, chief executive officer of Swiss International Air Lines. “We have made a landmark decision to further invest in an advanced aircraft fleet to retain our competitive edge over many of our competitors who are operating aircraft with more than 300 seats on similar routes.”
Lufthansa Group will use the new A320neo and A320ceo-family aircraft for the group’s network development and fleet modernization.
More than 36 million passengers have already flown on board one of the 100 A380s delivered so far. With 140 flights per day to date, the fleet has now accumulated 100,000 revenue flights and 850,000 flight hours.
Today more than 9,150 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,450 delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide.
The Boeing 777-300ER is the largest long-range, twin-engine commercial aircraft in the world, seating up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration. It has a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).
Swiss International Air Lines is part of the Lufthansa Group and currently serves 69 destinations across 37 countries worldwide from Zurich, Basel and Geneva international airports with a fleet of more than 90 narrow and wide-body airplanes.