Luxair – the flag carrier of Luxembourg – has been shopping and has come out with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Luxair will initially lease two 737-8s that are due for delivery for the summer season, ensuring the airline provides its customers with increased capacity and connectivity to more destinations for the busy summer travel season. It has additionally placed a direct order for two 737-8s. These will be delivered in 2026. Furthermore, Luxair and Boeing are negotiating a purchase of two additional aircraft of the same type to be delivered in 2027, when the lease agreement will run out.
The airline is targeting a 186-seat capacity for this aircraft, with 30″ seat pitch and larger overhead bins to accommodate more cabin baggage.
This will augment the Luxair fleet in the first instance, with the airline currently operating four Boeing 737-700 and four Boeing 737-800 aircraft in its fleet. The airline also operates 11 De Havilland Dash 8-400.
With a range of 3,100nm, they will be used on Luxair’s longer distance routes, including Dubai, Cap Verde and Senegal. They will also be deployed on other parts of Luxair’s network where appropriate.
But with the range these offer, Luxair could offer new destinations to its passengers – something the airline is very much aware of.
Gilles Feith, Luxair CEO said:
“Today is a good day for Luxair, our staff and our esteemed clients. Luxair took a large step into the direction of securing its role as the quality airline of Luxembourg and the Greater Region,”
“I want to thank our Board of Directors for this act of trust, our staff members who helped us in the last years, all our valued customers and Cargolux. Today marks just the beginning of the journey of securing the long-term future of Luxair. Much more is yet to come.”
Ricardo Cavero, vice president, Europe & Israel Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes added
“With the selection of the 737-8, Luxair is building a more sustainable operation, significantly lowering CO2 emissions while offering the latest airplane technology to its passengers,”
“Reducing noise from takeoffs and landings is a key aspect of environmental performance, especially for communities near airports. The 737-8 is a quieter airplane that helps create a 50% smaller noise footprint than the airplanes it replaces.”
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