Major Airbus operator Lufthansa has placed a firm order for 30 A320neo-family aircraft, joining a quickly growing list of customers for the hot-selling, re-engined version of the A320 family.
According to Airbus, the contract follows the Lufthansa Supervisory Board’s selection of the A320neo family in March. The Lufthansa order comprises 25 Airbus A320neo aircraft and five A321neos and, given that Lufthansa already operates or has on order 157 existing A320-family aircraft and its various subsidiaries operate nearly 100 more, could presage large future orders for more A320neo-family jets.
Lufthansa has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared-turbofan engines to power its A320neo-family jets. Lufthansa already knows a lot about P&W’s PurePower PW1000G family of engines, having researched thoroughly the powerplant’s likely reliability and P&W’s claims for the engine’s performance before selecting the PW1524G to power 30 Bombardier CS100s ordered for group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines.
With this latest order the Lufthansa Group, Airbus’ biggest airline customer, will have purchased a combined total of 443 Airbus aircraft, according to Airbus.
The Airbus A320neo family also incorporates large “Sharklet” wing tip devices. Together with the A320neo family’s new, more efficient engines, the Sharklets will deliver up to 15 per cent in fuel savings, according to Airbus. This will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft, per year.
In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit-percentage reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise, making it a good neighbor at any airport where Lufthansa is operating the aircraft.
“We are proud that Lufthansa has chosen the eco-efficient A320neo family as its solution for sustainable growth, and one which will fit seamlessly into its existing Airbus A320 fleet,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers. “Since its launch in December last year, around 1,200 orders and commitments for the ‘neo’ have given it the fastest rate of sales ever for any commercial aircraft.”
Today the Lufthansa Group (whose subsidiaries include Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines and the Austrian Airlines group, as well as several German carriers) is Airbus’ biggest operator worldwide, with more than 360 Airbus aircraft currently in service. These include 254 A320-family jets; 38 A330s; 65 A340s; and eight A380s.
Airbus says that, with this new order for 30 A320neo-family aircraft, the Lufthansa Group has an order backlog which includes 85 A320-family aircraft, eight A330s, and seven A380s.
More than 7,500 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.
Airbus says the A320neo family will have over 95 per cent airframe commonality with existing A320-family models, allowing A320neos to fit easily into A320-family operators’ fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.