The Lufthansa Group today announced a large aircraft order from Boeing and Airbus. At least 40 Airbus A220 aircraft are on order for the newly founded company Lufthansa City Airlines. In addition, the Lufthansa Group’s Boeing 737 MAX will likely fly for the first time from 2027. With Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings or Discover Airlines.
In addition to the firm orders, there are options to purchase an additional 20 A220 aircraft and 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. In the future, there could be up to 100 Boeing aircraft on the road on short- and medium-haul flights. The company also obtained options to purchase an additional 40 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft.
Boeing 737 MAX for the first time for the Lufthansa Group
Just a few years ago, the last Boeing 737 aircraft in the Lufthansa Group were retired. Boeing has now won the race against Airbus again: a total of 40 Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft have been ordered, which offers space for up to 189 passengers. There are also options for an additional 60 aircraft of the same type.
According to the press release, a final decision has not yet been made on which airline the aircraft will be used for. Lufthansa and Switzerland were excluded, leaving the following as potential candidates: Eurowings, Discover Airlines, Austrian, Edelweiss and Brussels Airlines.
Airbus A220 for Lufthansa City Airlines
The new City Airlines subsidiary is scheduled to begin operations from Munich at the beginning of 2024. This is primarily a cost-cutting measure, as passengers will not notice whether they are on a Lufthansa, Lufthansa CityLine or CityAirlines aircraft. Initially, operations will begin with Airbus A319 and Airbus A320 aircraft.
Negotiations were undertaken with Embraer and Airbus for additional orders. It is now clear: Embraer was left empty-handed, but 40 Airbus A220-300 aircraft were ordered (+ options for 20 more). Delivery is expected from 2026. There are 148 seats on board. This is three times more than Swiss toilets, which can likely be achieved by making the toilets smaller.
The Airbus A220 was in the past Bombardier C series a favour.
source: press release
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