The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has announced the purchase of 26 short- and medium-haul aircraft. The board also confirmed that the purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo will be converted into firm orders.
Estimated at a value of roughly $3bn as per list prices, the latest announcements brings the Group’s total number of A320neo and A321neo orders up to 149, 13 of which are operating with Lufthansa.
Initial reports indicate that the A320neo and A321neo are scheduled for delivery between 2023 and 2024 and that 10 of the 27 aircraft will be directed to Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The remaining aircraft will be spread out to different carriers within the aviation group.
In addition to the aircraft orders and distribution, the report also noted engine variants selected for the aircraft. One of part of the order is expected to be equipped with P&W PW1100G engines, while the other part will be CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines.
Coupled with the introduction of aerodynamic wingtips, both engines are expected to help reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% per seat kilometre.
Other improvements to be introduced on the A320neo and A321neo aircraft include noise-reducing vortex generators, which helps reduce the noise carpet of the aircraft to one that is roughly 50% smaller.