Lufthansa takes possession of its first Airbus A321neo

Hamburg - As of May 4, 2019, German flag carrier Lufthansa became the latest Airbus A321neo operator. The airline has received the first of 40 Airbus A321neo on order with the European manufacturer.

The German carrier’s first Airbus A321neo has been registered as D-AIEA and named after the German city of Aachen. The aircraft has been ferried from Hamburg to Berlin and joined an A320neo fleet of 19 aircraft. Lufthansa received its first Airbus A320neo in 2016.

Lufthansa's new A321neo is configured to accommodate up to 215 passengers against the 200 of the older generation A321s in the fleet.

Among the Lufthansa Group Airlines, Lufthansa is the only airline to operate Airbus A320neo family jets. Another Group airline Swiss International Air Lines has 17 A320neo and eight A321neo on order. The first Airbus A320neo will join the Swiss carrier's fleet later this year.

Other group airlines currently have no A320neo family jets in their order books yet, but this might change soon, as the Lufthansa Group plans to place a new order for up to 100 new jetliners, either from Airbus or Boeing.

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