Lufthansa, together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, has celebrated the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A320neo.
Marking the arrival of the new aircraft, a special flight took off from the Airbus facilities in Hamburg-Finkenwerder with guests and media representatives on board. The flight had a short stop in Hamburg’s City Airport Fuhlsbüttel before heading to its final destination, Frankfurt. The A320neo boasted a special logo, ‘First to fly A320neo – Less noise. Less fuel. Less CO2’, adorning the rear fuselage of the Lufthansa aircraft.
Chairman of the board and CEO, Lufthansa Group, Carsten Spohr; president and CEO, Airbus, Fabrice Brégier; and president, 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 aeroplanes were presented to the public. The first A320neo, with the registration D-AINA, has already flown scheduled service since January. The second aircraft of the type 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. “Europe has been a leader in this fascinating industry since the early days of aviation,” said Spohr.
He added: “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.”