Lufthansa is adding to its long-haul fleet, with the addition of four additional Airbus A350-900.
The leasing of the aircraft is allowing Lufthansa to accelerate the modernisation of its long-haul operation
The Group signed leases for four state-of-the-art and fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900 aircraft with the lessors Avolon, SMBC Aviation Capital Ltd. and Goshawk.
As a result, the Group’s A350 fleet will grow to 21 aircraft at the beginning of 2022.
The four aircraft will be operated by Lufthansa itself and are scheduled to enter service from the first half of 2022.
The move will scale the airline A350 fleet to 21 Airbus A350-900 in total.
Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:
“The Airbus A350 is one of the most modern aircraft of our time. Extremely fuel-efficient, very quiet and much more economical than its predecessors. Our customers appreciate not only the sustainability but also the premium flight experience with this aircraft. The lease agreements allow us to remain flexible in fleet planning and make the most of exceptional market opportunities.”
Replacing the A340
Lufthansa says the aircraft will primarily replace four-engine long-haul aircraft from the Airbus A340 family. By the middle of the decade, the proportion of four-engine aircraft in the Lufthansa long-haul fleet as a whole is expected to fall to below 15 percent. Before the crisis, the share was around 50 percent.
And as we know, twin-engined aircraft are cheaper to operate than quad-jets, with Lufthansa reporting a reduced operating cost of 15% compared to the types they will replace.
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