Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said in an internal video presentation that he considers deploying Airbus A350 aircraft at its fully-owned low-cost subsidiary Eurowings
The news was quickly picked up by financial media company Bloomberg and German aviation website airliners.de.
Since January 2017 Lufthansa has equipped Munich, Lufthansa’s second-largest hub, with A350s gradually replacing the Airbus A340-600s. Lufthansa has ordered a total of 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a list price of around 310 million US dollars each. Ten of them will be based at Munich airport, but the deployment of the remaining 15 aircraft has yet to be decided.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the Lufthansa CEO commented on Lufthansa’s fleet strategy:
I’m not sure if we have not ordered too few A350s and too many Boeing 777Xs.
By selecting the Airbus A350, Eurowings could offer long-haul flights from Berlin, Hamburg and Dusseldorf. For a while now, Berlin and Hamburg are under discussion for operating long-haul Eurowings flights, with Dusseldorf airport as another option later, as the latter is an airberlin hub, where Eurowings recently started operating short- and medium-haul flights.
A final decision should be taken by September. Lufthansa is to become the first operator of the Boeing 777X. Initial delivery is planned for 2020.
Source: own research, Bloomberg, airliners.de