Lufthansa has announced the arrival of the Airbus A320neo, the latest generation short- and medium-haul aircraft, from its Munich Airport hub. Four A320neo aircraft have been in service at the Munich hub since the beginning of the year, and a brand-new Airbus will arrive in Munich at the end of January with one more to follow in February.
The airline plans to grow its Munich A320neo fleet to nine aircraft by the end of 2020.
“From now on, the Airbus A320neo will be even quieter and more environmentally friendly on short and medium-haul routes,” says Wilken Bormann, CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich. “The aircraft are the perfect complement to our state-of-the-art Airbus A350 long-haul fleet, which also flies fuel-efficiently and quietly from Munich. We are investing many billions of euros in the latest aircraft and are thus assuming responsibility for sustainable aviation.”
The latest-generation aircraft features further developed engines and improved aerodynamics, which enable a significant reduction in noise and CO2 emissions. The Airbus A320neo consumes about 20% less fuel per passenger than comparable models. In addition to the new engine technology, the wings will also be equipped with newly developed sharklets (wingtips). This results in aerodynamic advantages that enable lower fuel consumption. In addition, the noise contour of a starting A320neo is only half as large as that of an Airbus A320. All A320neos will be equipped with new vortex generators, which also reduce noise.
The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 149 A320neo aircraft, which will be delivered by 2025.