Luxembourg flag carrier Luxair has announced that it has selected the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-8 to expand its present single-aisle fleet. According to aircraft manufacturer Boeing, an agreement has been put in place to supply the carrier with four aircraft.
Luxair will initially lease two 737-8s which are scheduled for delivery for the summer. The scheduling will ensure that the airline provides its customers with increased capacity and connectivity to more destinations for the busy summer travel season. It will arrange purchase of the two additional 737-8s.
“Today is a good day for Luxair, our staff and our esteemed clients. Luxair took a large step into the direction of securing its role as the quality airline of Luxembourg and the Greater Region,” said Gilles Feith, Luxair CEO.
“I want to thank our Board of Directors for this act of trust, our staff members who helped us in the last years, all our valued customers and Cargolux. Today marks just the beginning of the journey of securing the long-term future of Luxair. Much more is yet to come.”
The 737-8 will provide flexibility across Luxair’s network while reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 20% and on average, each airplane will save up to eight million pounds of CO2 emissions annually compared to those airplanes it replaces.
“With the selection of the 737-8, Luxair is building a more sustainable operation, significantly lowering CO2 emissions while offering the latest airplane technology to its passengers,” said Ricardo Cavero, vice president, Europe & Israel Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“Reducing noise from takeoffs and landings is a key aspect of environmental performance, especially for communities near airports. The 737-8 is a quieter airplane that helps create a 50% smaller noise footprint than the airplanes it replaces.”
The 737-8, seating 162 to 210 passengers depending on configuration and with a range of 3,500 nautical miles, is the market’s most versatile single-aisle airplane, capable of operating profitably on short- and medium-haul routes.
Luxair is the flag carrier airline of Luxembourg. The airline was founded in 1948 and has its headquarters at Luxembourg Airport in the town of Sandweiler.
Luxair operates a fleet of modern aircraft and serves over 70 destinations across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Luxair operates both scheduled and charter flights, and offers a range of services to its passengers, including business class and economy class seating options, in-flight entertainment, and a loyalty program called Miles & More. The airline is also known for its commitment to safety and sustainability.
Luxair has codeshare agreements with several other airlines, allowing passengers to connect to a wider range of destinations.
The airline is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Association of European Airlines (AEA), and has won several awards for its services, including “Best Regional Airline in Europe” in the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
The national flag carrier operates a fleet of modern aircraft that consists of both narrow-body and regional jets.
Luxair currently operates a fleet of 19 aircraft, including eight Next-Generation 737s, 10 De Havilland DHC Dash 8s and 1 Embraer ERJ-190.