Lufthansa Group nabs more short- and medium-haul air­craft

The value of the to­tal in­vest­ment ac­cord­ing to list price is roughly $3bn

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The su­per­vi­sory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has an­nounced the pur­chase of 26 short- and medium-haul air­craft. The board also con­firmed that the pur­chase op­tions for 24 Air­bus A320­neo and three A321­neo will be con­verted into firm or­ders.

Es­ti­mated at a value of roughly $3bn as per list prices, the lat­est an­nounce­ments brings the Group’s to­tal num­ber of A320­neo and A321­neo or­ders up to 149, 13 of which are oper­at­ing with Lufthansa.

Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cate that the A320­neo and A321­neo are sched­uled for de­liv­ery be­tween 2023 and 2024 and that 10 of the 27 air­craft will be directed to Swiss In­ter­na­tional Air Lines (SWISS). The re­main­ing air­craft will be spread out to dif­fer­ent car­ri­ers within the avi­a­tion group.

In ad­di­tion to the air­craft or­ders and distribution, the re­port also noted en­gine vari­ants se­lected for the air­craft. One of part of the or­der is ex­pected to be equipped with P&W PW1100G en­gines, while the other part will be CFM In­ter­na­tional’s LEAP-1A en­gines.

Cou­pled with the in­tro­duc­tion of aero­dy­namic wingtips, both en­gines are ex­pected to help re­duce fuel con­sump­tion by up to 20% per seat kilo­me­tre.

Other im­prove­ments to be in­tro­duced on the A320­neo and A321­neo air­craft in­clude noise-re­duc­ing vor­tex gen­er­a­tors, which helps re­duce the noise car­pet of the air­craft to one that is roughly 50% smaller.

A to­tal of 26 air­craft has been con­firmed.

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