Fleet expansion continues for Lufthansa Private Jet service

 - March 31, 2008, 6:08 AM

German airline Lufthansa has ordered two Cessna Citation CJ3s and two Citation XLS+s for its Private Jet service, which offers connections and point-to-point travel to first-class passengers in Europe. With regional jet conversions and reallocation of previously ordered aircraft, this will bring to nine the total number of aircraft available for Lufthansa Private Jet.

The new fleet will include three Citation CJ1+s, which were part of an earlier order for training purposes. The first aircraft–a CJ3–was scheduled to be delivered last month, with the rest expected to arrive by December.

According to a Lufthansa spokesman, the airline’s brand name and the fact it will be the first commercial operator of the XLS+ in Europe have helped Cessna find delivery slots this year, despite a big backlog.

Finally, Lufthansa will convert two of its Bombardier CRJ200s to business jets that will look like Challenger 850s. The cabins, configured with four to 12 seats, will feature the same materials and colors as the first-class sections of the company’s airliners.

The firm will continue to outsource some flights to DC Aviation, the Stuttgart-based executive charter operator that has replaced NetJets Europe since the fractional ownership company terminated its contract with Lufthansa last year.