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European Carriers Order 52 Airbus A320 Family Aircraft

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European Carriers Order 52 Airbus A320 Family Aircraft

European Carriers Order 52 Airbus A320 Family Aircraft
September 18
14:30 2014

MIAMI — EasyJet and Lufthansa Group’s Eurowings and Swiss International Air Lines announced orders for up to 52 Airbus A320 family aircraft this week. EasyJet ordered 27 additional current engine option A320s, bringing its total order book for the type to 315. Lufthansa Group’s order was split between SWISS and discount subsidiary Eurowings, with SWISS placing a firm order for 15 new engine option A320s and an option for 10 additional airplanes of the same type. Eurowings will take 10 A320ceo aircraft.

EasyJet’s CEO Carolyn McCall explained their purchase as enabling the carrier to serve new markets. “We are bringing new aircraft into the fleet as we continue to see a significant number of new profitable opportunities in our core markets in the near term and in order to maintain our cost advantage,” she said. EasyJet operates an all Airbus fleet of 225 A320 family aircraft, as opposed to low-cost competitor RyanAir’s all Boeing 737 fleet. RyanAir recently agreed to be the launch customer of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 200. With this order, EasyJet’s total order of A320 family aircraft now stands at 415.

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SWISS’s order for 15 A320neo airplanes—plus 10 options—will allow the carrier to retire existing A320s as the new planes are delivered. This is SWISS’s first order of the new engine option version of the A320, which provides up to 15% reduced fuel burn, improved payload capacity, and improved range. SWISS’s fleet of A320s is currently an average of 14 years old with some airframes nearing 20 years of service.

Lufthansa Group’s other order this week will allow subsidiary Eurowings to begin fulfilling its new low-cost mission announced this July. The A320s for Eurowings will replace the European discount carrier’s current Bombardier CRJ900s. With this purchase, Eurowings will become an all Airbus airline, responsible for domestic flights in Germany as well as intra-European flights from airports other than Lufthansa hubs Frankfurt and Munich.

Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management was clear that the move away from CRJ900s was due to economics, “This new order is the next logical step in our ongoing fleet modernization strategy, in particular with regards to driving down fuel burn, operating costs, noise and emissions.”

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