Lufthansa’s supervisory board has approved an order for 30 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft valued at approximately $2.8 billion at list prices.
The order will comprise 25 A320neos and five A321neos. Lufthansa Group becomes the fifth announced customer for the Airbus A320neo family. Other announced customers which have placed firm orders or which have signed memoranda of understanding for A320neo-family narrowbodies include Indian carrier IndiGo, Virgin America, Brazil’s TAM Airlines and lessor International Lease Finance Corporation.
Lufthansa Group is Airbus’s biggest airline customer. According to Airbus, Lufthansa Group’s A320neo-family order takes the company’s total Airbus orders over the years to 443 aircraft. Airbus says Lufthansa will announce its engine decision at a later date.
The A320neo incorporates new, more-efficient engines and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together 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.
“Since its launch in December last year, the ‘neo’ has taken the market by storm and has already attracted more than 330 commitments – with more to come,” says John Leahy, Airbus’s chief operating officer, customers. “This represents the fastest rate of sales for any commercial aircraft ever.”
Today the Lufthansa Group is Airbus’ biggest operator worldwide with aprroximately 338 Airbus aircraft currently in service. These include 236 A320-family jets; 33 A330s; 65 A340s; and five A380s. In addition to its latest decision to acquire 30 A320neo-family aircraft, the Lufthansa Group has an order backlog which includes 60 A320-family narrowbodies, eight A330s and 10 A380s.
Almost 7,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 4,500 delivered to more than 320 customers and operators worldwide.
According to Airbus, the A320neo will have over 95 per cent airframe commonality with existing A320-family models, allowing an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload.
Engines offered on the A320neo family are CFM International’s LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G.