Lufthansa Group leases four more Airbus A350-900 to replace four-engine long-haul aircraft

Lufthansa Airbus A350 at Frankfurt airport © Lufthansa
  • Leasing contracts signed for four Airbus A350-900
  • Aircraft make major contribution to even greater sustainability through 30 percent fuel and CO2 savings
  • Deployment planned from first half of 2022

The Airbus A350-900s are scheduled to enter service with Lufthansa’s core brand from the first half of 2022, strengthening the five-star airline’s premium offering.

Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:

The Airbus A350 is one of the most modern aircraft of our time. Extremely fuel-efficient, very quiet and much more economical than its predecessors. Our customers appreciate not only the sustainability but also the premium flight experience with this aircraft. The lease agreements allow us to remain flexible in fleet planning and make the most of exceptional market opportunities.”

The twin-engine Airbus A350-900 aircraft consume only around 2.5 litres of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometres flown. That is around 30 percent less than their predecessors, with a correspondingly positive impact on the carbon footprint. The aircraft will primarily replace four-engine long-haul aircraft from the Airbus A340 family. By the middle of the decade, the proportion of four-engine aircraft in the long-haul fleet as a whole is expected to fall to below 15 percent. Before the crisis, the share was around 50 percent.

Furthermore, the new, fuel-efficient aircraft will reduce operating costs by around 15 percent compared with the types they will replace.

As part of its comprehensive, long-term fleet modernization program, the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of a total of further 177 short-, medium- and long-haul aircraft this decade.