Lufthansa Group buys 27 more Airbus A320neo family aircraft; ten of them are intended for SWISS


On 28 September, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the purchase of 27 short- and medium-haul aircraft. Purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo will be converted into firm orders. With this decision, the Lufthansa Group is reacting to the positive market and earnings development and thus ensuring the necessary fleet size in the coming years. The total investment of this order amounts to a list price of about three billion US dollars. This increases the total number of A320neo and A321neo orders to 149 for the Group, 13 of them are already operating with Lufthansa.

The A320neo and A321neo (short for “New Engine Option“) are scheduled for delivery in 2023 and 2024. Ten of the 27 new aircraft are intended for SWISS (**), the remaining aircraft will be in service by other flight operations within the Aviation Group (*). One part of the order will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines (PW1100G), the other with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International. This means that both engine types will continue to be available to the Lufthansa Group in roughly equal proportions for the “Neo” family.

The innovative engine technologies developed by Pratt & Whitney and CFM International as well as the aerodynamic wingtips (sharklets) with which the aircraft are equipped reduce fuel consumption significantly by up to 20 percent per seat kilometer. As all Lufthansa A320 Family aircraft, the A320neo and A321neo are serially equipped with noise-reducing vortex generators. An A320neo taking off has a noise carpet that is around 50 percent smaller than that of other aircraft of this type.

(*) In an interview back in June, Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr said: “The Lufthansa Group has 15 airlines. Whoever brings down costs and generates more income can fully count on our support. A good example is SWISS, which will soon have new and additional aircraft. At Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, less good results were achieved, these companies do not have to expect additional investments, let me put it this way: their fate is in their own hands.”

(**) Zurich Airport, 28 September 2018

SWISS is converting its purchase options for ten more latest-generation Airbus A320neo family aircraft into firm orders. The new aircraft – seven A320neos and three A321neos – will join the SWISS fleet in 2023 and 2024. The total investment amounts to around USD 1 billion, based on list prices.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is taking a further major step in the modernization of its short- and medium-haul aircraft fleet. The airline is converting present purchase options for ten latest-generation New Engine Option (“neo”) aircraft of the Airbus A320 family into firm orders.

The new firm order is for seven Airbus A320neos and three A321neos, which will all be delivered in 2023 and 2024. The new orders are in addition to the ten A320neos and five A321neos that SWISS already has on order, which will join the fleet between 2019 and 2022 to replace older A320s and A321s.

Quieter and more efficient

“We are delighted that, in committing to these quieter and more efficient models of the tried-and-trusted Airbus A320 family, we can further advance the modernization of our European aircraft fleet,” says SWISS CEO Thomas Klühr. With their advanced engine technologies and their aerodynamic wingtip ‘sharklets’, the new aircraft consume up to 20% less fuel per seat-kilometre.

The aircraft of the Airbus A320neo family are also equipped as standard with noise-reducing vortex generators, which help ensure that on takeoff an A320neo produces a ‘noise footprint’ on the ground that is some 50% smaller than those of comparable aircraft. Once all its Airbus A320-family neos are in service, SWISS will operate one of Europe’s youngest aircraft fleets.


  1. Adopting two types of engines for the same aircraft does not seem a sign of good management, as it increases costs and complexity. What made Lufthansa opt for such a decision?


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