First Airbus for Lufthansa City Airlines

Lufthansa's newest subsidiary, City Airlines (see Airliner World January 2024), has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A319s ahead of its launch in March.

Wearing the carrier’s new livery, the 16-year-old aircraft D-ABGH (c/n 3245), which has previously operated for Air Berlin and Eurowings, touched down at the airline’s Munich base on January 9.

The aircraft’s arrival follows an announcement in December by Lufthansa Group of an order for 40 Airbus A220-300s, plus 20 options. The airframes will go straight to the new entity when deliveries start in 2026. The deal with the European manufacturer also included securing purchasing options for 40 additional Airbus A320 Family jets.

Lufthansa City Airlines
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In a surprise move, Lufthansa Group also signed a deal with US giant Boeing for 40 737 MAX 8 aircraft, plus 60 purchasing options. So far, no announcement has been made as to which airline within the group will receive the Boeing aircraft.

Dr Detlef Kayser, member of the executive board, fleet and technology, said that the deal, worth around $9bn at list prices, “increases our order list of around 200 aircraft to 280 – plus an additional 120 purchasing options for further state-of-the-art short and medium-haul aircraft”. He added: “We are pleased that both Airbus and Boeing were able to convince us of all commercial and technological aspects. In addition, the decision for the Boeing 737-8 MAX will also give us more flexibility for the procurement of short and medium-haul aircraft in the future.”