Rendering of the new Lufthansa A320neo

Lufthansa has announced it has updated its fleet with a firm order for an additional 27 A320neo aircraft this week, following a period of deliberation by the airlines supervisory board.

The order, comprised of 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo models, is slated to arrive in 2023 and 2024, with 10 of the aircraft already assigned to Swiss International Air Lines.

Along with the existing innovations, such as aerodynamic wingtips (sharklets) used to reduce fuel consumption (up to 20% per seat for every kilometre travelled) the Lufthansa’s A320neo and A321neo fleets also incorporate “noise-reducing vortex generators” which slashes the sound from take-off by as much as 50%.

The A320neo in the Swiss International Airlines livery

The new additions bring the total of Lufthansa’s A320neo type aircraft to 149 (101 A320neo and 48 A321neo) with total investment value of, according to list, approximately USD 3 billion.

“We are gratified to see this additional order by such a stellar customer”

Christian Scherer, Airbus’ chief commercial officer, said: “Lufthansa Group is one of the largest and most experienced A320 Family operators worldwide. We are gratified to see this additional order by such a stellar customer. By operating the A320neo Family, Lufthansa consolidates its commitment to the highest standards of efficiency and noise reduction.”

The news of the order comes hot on heels of the completion of a single order for an A321neo to SriLankan Airways in July this year, when the number of A320neo deliveries overtook the A320 in 2018, with 185 A320neo-family and 159 A320-family jets being delivered by the end of August.

With more than 6,100 orders received from more than 100 customers, the A320neo family has captured nearly a 60% share of the market.

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