The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Group has ordered 40 more Airbus A220-300 aircraft to strengthen its short and medium-haul fleet. In 2016, SWISS introduced the first A220 into their scheduled service. The aircraft has been successfully serving the Lufthansa Group since. This expansion reaffirms Lufthansa’s commitment to enhancing its fleet capabilities.
“With today’s order for 40 additional Airbus A220s, we are continuing our unique partnership with Airbus,” said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “Just a few months ago, as the largest airline customer, we received our 600th aircraft from Airbus, and we look forward to taking delivery of number 700. Our customers are looking forward to these additional modern, economical, and fuel-efficient aircraft.”
“The Lufthansa Group was one of the first customers for the A220 and has successfully operated the aircraft in its SWISS route network ever since. We are delighted by this testimony of confidence from our long-standing partner and customer,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International. “As the only clean sheet design aircraft and specifically designed for the 100-150 seat market the A220 is the most efficient solution in its category to support Lufthansa Group meeting its exciting airline development and sustainability objectives.”
Lufthansa Group’s Long-Standing Relationship with Airbus
With its latest order, Lufthansa reinforces its long-standing relationship with Airbus. Since the A300 in the 1970s, Lufthansa Group has operated all members of the Airbus product family, including the A220, A320-Family, A330 / A340, A350, and the A380.
The latest state-of-the-art A220-300 is the larger sibling of the successful A220 Family, carrying between 120 to 150 passengers on flights of up to 3,400 nautical miles (6,300 km). The aircraft offers 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat than previous-generation aircraft. It also has the largest cabin in its class, allowing for wider seats and large windows for greater passenger comfort.
As with all Airbus aircraft, the A220 can operate with up to 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). All Airbus commercial and military aircraft and helicopters will be capable of flying with up to 100% SAF by 2030.
By the end of November, Airbus won 849 orders from 31 customers for the A220, of which the OEM has delivered 303. The A220 is already in successful service with 18 airlines worldwide on 1,350+ routes.