Lufthansa to add four additional A350-900s to its fleet

A Lufthansa Airbus A350 on the taxiway.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa

The Lufthansa Group has announced that it has acquired four additional Airbus A350-900 long-haul aircraft for its fleet.

The pre-owned aircraft, which previously saw operation with LATAM Airlines Brazil will be acquired from Deucalion Aviation Limited and delivered to the Lufthansa Group later this year.

Current A350 fleet

Lufthansa operates a fleet of over 700 aircraft, including the Airbus A350. The Cologne based airline currently operates 21 Airbus A350-900s and has ordered five more A350-900s and ten A350-1000s as recently as March 2023.

 In total, Lufthansa holds 38 firm orders for this highly efficient Airbus long-haul aircraft, making it the world’s third-largest Airbus A350 customer.

The Lufthansa A350 fleet consists of 21 aircraft, all of which are the A350-900 variant. The A350-900 is the longest variant of the A350 family and has a range of up to 15,000 kilometers.

Lufthansa utilises the A350 on its long-haul route network to destinations in North America, Asia, and South America.

Photo Credit: Lufthansa

About the A350

The A350 is a state-of-the-art aircraft that offers passengers a comfortable and luxurious travel experience.

The aircraft is equipped with lie-flat seats in business class and premium economy, and standard seats in economy. It features a modern in-flight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Lufthansa is committed to sustainability and the A350 plays an important role in the airline’s fleet renewal program. The A350 is more fuel-efficient than previous generation aircraft, which helps to reduce Lufthansa’s environmental impact.

Some of the key features of the Lufthansa A350 fleet include:

  • Aircraft type: Airbus A350-900
  • Number of aircraft: 21
  • Range: Up to 15,000 kilometers
  • Seats:
    • Business class: 48
    • Premium economy: 21
    • Economy: 224
  • In-flight entertainment system: Panasonic eX3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Available
  • Fuel efficiency: Up to 25% more fuel-efficient than previous generation aircraft

First acquisition

Lufthansa started operating the Airbus A350 in 2016. The first A350-900 was delivered to the airline on February 18, 2016, and it entered service on March 1, 2016, on a flight from Frankfurt to Washington, D.C.

Since then, Lufthansa has received a total of 21 A350s, and it plans to operate a fleet of 53 A350s by 2025.

The A350 has played an important role in the airline’s fleet renewal program. Being more fuel-efficient than previous generation aircraft, its operation has assisted in reducing Lufthansa’s environmental impact.

Replacing the A340

The Airbus A350 replaced the Airbus A340 in Lufthansa’s fleet. The A340 was a four-engined widebody aircraft that was introduced in 1993. It was designed to compete with the Boeing 747 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10.

The A340 was a popular aircraft with airlines, but it was eventually replaced by the more fuel-efficient A350.

Above: Lufthansa A340-300. Photo Credit: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

The A350 is a more modern aircraft than the A340. It is equipped with new engines and a lighter airframe, contributing to its superior fuel efficiency. The A350 is also quieter and has a longer range than the A340.

Lufthansa is one of several airlines that have replaced their A340s with A350s. The A350 is a popular aircraft with airlines because it offers a number of advantages over its predecessor.

As a ‘next generation’will aircraft, A350 is also quieter and has a longer range than the A340. These factors make the A350 a more cost-effective aircraft to operate, which is why airlines are choosing to replace their older aircraft with the A350.

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