Lufthansa Group’s Supervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 40 Airbus aircraft worth some $4.3 billion, the European airframer announced today. Planned to fly with Lufthansa and two of the group’s subsidiaries, the batch of airplanes consists of 20 A320-family jets and three A330-300s for Lufthansa, four A320-family aircraft and five A330-300s for Swiss and eight A319s for Germanwings. With this order, the Lufthansa Group, Airbus’s biggest airline customer, will have acquired a combined total of 410 Airbus aircraft.
“Our decision to acquire additional Airbus aircraft is testament not only to their advantageous operating costs, reliability and performance, but also to our long-standing partnership with Airbus,” said Nico Buchholz, Lufthansa executive vice president, group fleet management. “These Airbus aircraft will provide eco-efficiency, seamless comfort, passenger appeal and operational synergies across the Lufthansa Group.”
The world’s biggest Airbus operator, Lufthansa Group now flies 227 A320-family airliners; 30 A330s; 65 A340s and three A380s. Not including the 40 airplanes this latest decision involves, Lufthansa Group holds an order backlog consisting of 36 A320-family jets, three A330s and 12 A380s.