The first A320neo has been delivered to Lufthansa Group, which is also Airbus’ largest airline customer and operator. The aircraft was originally scheduled to have been delivered in December 2015. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan engines, the A320neo will deliver a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency when compared to current generation aircraft from day one and 20% less by 2020.
“We are happy that today we are the first airline worldwide to receive the Airbus A320neo. Featuring the leading technology of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney, the A320neo is by far the most efficient and most silent aircraft on short- and medium-haul routes…. As a result, we have ordered a total of 116 aircraft of this type for the airlines of the Lufthansa Group”, states Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
The A320neo Family has been a massive sales success for Airbus with approximately 4,500 orders for the type having been placed by nearly 80 customers, since the programme was launched in 2010. Lufthansa Group’s Airbus orders have reached a combined total of 582 aircraft including 386 A320 Family, of which 116 are NEOs (71 A320neo and 45 A321neo). The full range of Airbus wide-body aircraft have been or will be a part of Lufthansa’s fleet.