Lufthansa Announces Order for 102 Airbus Aircraft

By Jesse Sokolow on 14 March 2013
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An Airbus A380 in Lufthansa livery

An Airbus A380 in Lufthansa livery

Lufthansa announced plans to renew its short-haul fleet with an order for 102 Airbus aircraft.  The order, valued at $11.2 billion, is part of the airline’s effort to reduce operational costs.

Of the aircraft, 35 will be A320neos, 35 will be A321neos, 30 will be A320ceos (with Sharklets), and two will be A380s.  The airline will announce the engine choices in the near future.

Sharklets are a blended winglet design meant to enhance the payload range of aircraft.  They are expected to reduce fuel burn by at lease 3.5%.

With the sharklets, the A320ceos will burn 4% less fuel, while the A320neos will use an additional 15% less.  In addition, the A380s will deliver a 12% fuel burn compared to its closest competitor.

With the order, Lufthansa will become the world’s largest operator of Airbus aircraft.  The airline currently has 385 Airbus airplanes in service, including 41 A330s, 63 A340s, 10 A380, and 271 in the A320 family.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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