Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved the purchase of ten A320ceo aircraft for its subsidiary Eurowings. The new aircraft will become the backbone of the new low cost business model announced by the Lufthansa Group in July 2014, which foresees Eurowings operations on direct connections within Europe.
“By purchasing fuel-efficient A320 aircraft with the highest reliability standards, we offer our customers a comfortable, appealing and modern product in a highly competitive market environment,” said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. “These aircraft contribute significantly to reducing noise and emissions wherever they fly. This new order is the next logical step in our ongoing fleet modernisation strategy, in particular with regards to driving down fuel burn, operating costs, noise and emissions.“
The Lufthansa Group is Airbus’ biggest airline group operator with over 400 Airbus aircraft in operation and is also Airbus’ biggest airline customer with over 580 aircraft purchased, including today’s new order. Lufthansa Group runs one of the largest Airbus A320 Family fleet in the world, with almost 300 A320 Family aircraft currently in service. Eurowings has already operated Airbus A319s in the nineties and early 2000s.