Lufthansa Group has been to the shops again, and have converted options into orders with Airbus – and Swiss International Airlines being a big beneficiary.
The group is converting 24 A320neo and 3 A321neo’s options into additional aircraft for the group fleet.
This takes the number of A320neo family aircraft to 149, with 13 in service at the time of writing
Lufthansa explains that the order is being placed in reaction to the positive market and earnings development. At list price, the order is worth US$3 Billion.
In terms of splits, 10 of the new aircraft will be destined for Swiss, whilst the rest will remain in the Lufthansa Group a. More interestingly, is the engine split, with Lufthansa accepting deliveries of planes with both Pratt & Whitney engines (PW1100G), and some with CFM International LEAP-1A engines from CFM International.
An interesting move that should allow the airline to see which is better for the group – although the airline intending to have an even split of the engine types.
And those engine pods are large….
The additional planes will enter service between 2023 and 2024.
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