Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of two additional A380s, four A320s and one A330-300.
According to Airbus the additional orders reflect the strong demand across Lufthansa’s network for an efficient family of aircraft and take Lufthansa Group’s order backlog for Airbus jets to 103 aircraft, including 17 Airbus A380s.
“I am delighted that this additional order will enable us to secure the development of our short, medium and long-haul fleets,” says Nico Buchholz, executive vice president Lufthansa Group fleet management. “It is the next logical step in our strategy of ongoing fleet modernisation with regard to fuel efficiency, operating costs, noise and emissions.”
“We are pleased that Lufthansa is coming back to order more Airbus aircraft across our product families,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers. “In particular, the order for two additional A380s is a testimony to the outstanding performance, efficiency and passenger appeal which the type has already proven in service with the airline.”
The Lufthansa Group is the biggest Airbus operator worldwide with more than 368 Airbus aircraft currently in service. They include 258 A320-family jets; 37 A330s; 65 A340s; and eight A380s.
With this latest order for seven aircraft, the Lufthansa Group has an order backlog which includes 85 A320-family aircraft, nine A330s, and nine A380s.