Lufthansa, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney have taken delivery in Hamburg the first scheduled A320neo flights with better fuel efficiency and more passenger comfort achieved through quieter engines 40 years of partnership between Lufthansa and Airbus.
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Lufthansa, in collaboration with Airbus and engine manufacturer; Pratt & Whitney celebrates the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A320neo.
Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Lufthansa Group, Carsten Spohr and Airbus President ,Chief Executive Officer, 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.
The first experiences with the A320neo clearly show that the 15 per cent lower fuel consumption mark has not only been achieved but even slightly exceeded.
The significantly quieter engines also increase customer comfort on-board and provide relief to residents near airports by reducing noise emissions.
The development and introduction of the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft on short and medium distances is further evidence of the successful cooperation in the aviation industry at European level.
According to Carsten Spohr, “Europe has been a leader in this fascinating industry since the early days of aviation. 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.”
Speaking on the development, Airbus President Fabrice Brégier said, “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.”
“At Airbus we are have been proud to support Lufthansa’s growth over the past four decades with our partnership now spanning almost the entire Airbus family, from the A320 right up to the A380.” The Airbus boss added
On his part ,the President Robert Leduc of Pratt and Whitney said, “Pratt & Whitney is proud to build on its long and deep history with Lufthansa and Airbus by together marking a new era in commercial aviation with the delivery of the A320neo equipped with ultra-high bypass ratio Geared Turbofan engines,.
He continued, “We applaud Lufthansa for being the first to enjoy the many benefits this aircraft and engine technology affords in terms of fuel efficiency and in reducing noise and emissions. This afternoon, the A320neo will take off from the Airbus facilities in Hamburg-Finkenwerder as a special flight with flight number LH9917 with guests and media representatives on board and fly with a short stop in Hamburg’s City Airport Fuhlsbüttel towards Frankfurt. The A320neo was fitted with a special logo. “First to fly A320neo – less noise, Less fuel, Less CO2“ adorns the rear fuselage of the Lufthansa aircraft”
Another cause for celebration is the 40-year partnership between Lufthansa and Airbus.
On February 9, 1976, Lufthansa received the first Airbus A300 at Hamburg-Finkenwerder.
The airlines within the Lufthansa Group have ordered a total of 582 Airbus aircraft in the past 40 years. Lufthansa is the largest Airbus customer with currently 392 aircraft from the European manufacturer, including 284 aircraft from the A320 family and 14 A380.
The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 A320neos and A321neos, to be delivered in the next years. 60 aircraft will be delivered with the new PW1100G-JM engine from Pratt & Whitney.