Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on Feb. 12 the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A320neo to Lufthansa. Carsten Spohr, chairman of the Board and CEO of the Lufthansa Group, Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier and the president of Pratt & Whitney Robert Leduc invited 700 guests and media representatives to the official delivery at Hamburg-Finkenwerder.
Following the ceremonial handover, the first two new-type airplanes were presented to the public. The first A320neo, with the registration D-AINA, has already flown scheduled service since January. The second “neo” is expected to complement the Lufthansa Airbus fleet soon. Airbus says that initial reports show that the A320neo has exceeded the promised 15% lower fuel consumption mark. The quieter engines, says Airbus, also increase customer comfort and provide relief to residents near airports by reducing noise emissions.
“Europe has been a leader in this fascinating industry since the early days of aviation,” says Spohr. “Lufthansa and Airbus have developed a trusting and productive 40-year partnership. Together we have pushed ahead and brought to market many innovations and contributed to the success of the European aerospace industry. With new and efficient aircraft, such as the A320neo and the A350 XWB, we set new standards for our passengers, while reducing the impact on the environment and, not least of all, on the people living near airports.”
“On behalf of everyone at Airbus, I congratulate Lufthansa on being the A320neo launch customer. Together, we’re opening a new chapter in commercial aviation and I am confident that the A320neo will support Lufthansa objective to raise its environmental performance. The A320neo not only cuts emissions at every operational stage but also halves its noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft,” says Brégier.
The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 A320neos and A321neos. Sixty aircraft will be delivered with the new PW1100G-JM engine from Pratt & Whitney.