Lufthansa Group has signed a deal with Airbus to purchase 10 Airbus A350-1000s and 5 Airbus A350-900s, as part of the airline’s efforts to decarbonize its fleet. This latest order will see Lufthansa continue its longstanding partnership with Airbus, as it has operated all members of the Airbus product family since the A300 in the 1970s.
The Airbus A350 is known for being the most modern and efficient widebody aircraft in the world, with state-of-the-art technologies and aerodynamics that deliver unmatched levels of efficiency and comfort. In addition, the A350’s new-generation engines and lightweight materials make it the most fuel-efficient large widebody aircraft.
With this new purchase, Lufthansa will be able to significantly reduce its carbon footprint, as the A350 consumes significantly less fuel and emits fewer emissions compared to previous generations of aircraft. Passengers will also benefit from the latest in-flight products and amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable flying experience.
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 exploring the use of sustainable aviation fuels, more efficient flight management, and the potential use of hydrogen.
The deal with Airbus comes as Lufthansa continues its efforts to decarbonize its operations, with a goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. The airline has already made significant strides in this area, having reduced its CO2 emissions by 22% per passenger-kilometer since 2006. By adding the A350 to its fleet, Lufthansa will be able to accelerate its decarbonization efforts even further.
“We are honored 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,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.
Lufthansa’s latest order reinforces its longstanding relationship with Airbus, as the airline has operated all members of the Airbus product family since the A300 in the 1970s. This new purchase will see Lufthansa add the largest A350 family member to its fleet, benefiting from Airbus’ full fleet commonality and offering unmatched operational flexibility and vast economic benefits.
The A350 is also the quietest aircraft in its class, with a 50% noise footprint reduction compared to previous generation aircraft. This makes it a good neighbor wherever it flies, ensuring a more pleasant experience for passengers and communities around the world.
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. With Lufthansa’s latest order, the A350 continues to gain popularity among airlines around the world, as they seek to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the passenger experience.
The aviation industry has come under increasing pressure in recent years to address its impact on the environment, with a growing awareness of the need to reduce carbon emissions and move towards more sustainable practices. Airlines like Lufthansa are taking steps to address these concerns, with the purchase of more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly aircraft, the use of sustainable aviation fuels, and the optimization of flight operations.