1 minute read - 3rd March 2023
Airbus secures A350 order from Lufthansa
Lufthansa Group has signed an agreement with Airbus to expand its fleet by ten Airbus A350-1000s and five Airbus A350-900s. With this firm order for the latest generation wide-body aircraft, the airline will continue its decarbonisation trajectory. Compared to the previous generation of aircraft, the A350 consumes significantly less fuel, with a corresponding reduction in emissions. Wings for these aircraft will be manufactured at the Airbus factory in Broughton.
In addition to the agreement on the purchase of the new aircraft, Airbus and Lufthansa have also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further strengthen their cooperation in the field of sustainability and future technologies. This includes the intensified use of sustainable aviation fuels, the further optimisation of operations through a more efficient flight management and exploration into the use of hydrogen.
Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer and head of international at Airbus, said: “We are honoured to see Lufthansa topping up its A350 order book to a total of 60 aircraft, joining the increasing number of A350-1000 customers around the world. With economic and sustainability pressures becoming a measurable reality as international flying increases again, so do the massive advantages of the A350 as the only clean sheet design and therefore the most efficient solution. By adding the largest A350 family member to its fleet, Lufthansa will benefit from Airbus’ full fleet commonality, offering unmatched operational flexibility and vast economic benefits.”
With its latest order, Lufthansa reinforces its long standing relationship with Airbus. Since the A300 in the 1970’s, Lufthansa Group has operated all members of the Airbus product family, from the A220, A320 family, A330 / A340, A350 and the A380.
At the end of January 2023, the A350 family had won 925 firm orders from 54 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.