Lufthansa is consistently moving forward with the sustainable modernization of its fleet. Yesterday, the 15th Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 landed in Munich for the first time. The brand new airplane will be joining the long-haul fleet at the Munich Lufthansa hub moving forward. The A350-900 is considered one of the world’s most modern and eco-friendly long-haul aircraft: It uses 25% less fuel and as a result emits correspondingly lower amounts of CO2.
The Airbus with the registration D-AIXO is named after the German city of Ulm. It landed on the southern runway of Munich Airport yesterday at 4 p.m local time. Once the cabin has been completed by Lufthansa Technik, the newest member of the Munich fleet will begin transporting passengers on July 23rd.
70 percent of the Airbus A350-900 is built from highly modern materials that are lighter and less likely to corrode. The aircraft requires an average of 2.9 liters of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometers flown, 25% less than comparable models. This also results in a reduction in greenhouse gases being released by one quarter. The Rolls-Royce XWB engines of the A350 are among the most efficient engines currently in use for large passenger aircraft. Together with the decrease in weight, they produce a 50% smaller noise footprint.
A modern fleet also means a significant increase in comfort for passengers – the cabin of the A350-900 has won multiple awards: Its Economy Class received the German Design Award in 2018, and the cabin lighting was given a special award by the jury of Deutscher Lichtdesign-Preis.
The Lufthansa Group is steadily investing in the modernization of its long-haul fleet. Between late 2022 and 2027, 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 more Airbus A350-900 aircraft will primarily be replacing aircraft with four-engines. The order represents an investment volume of 12 billion USD list price. The decision regarding which airlines and airports will be receiving the new airplanes will be made at a later date. By the middle of the next decade, Lufthansa will have modernized its entire long-haul fleet. The fuel savings alone are expected to reach 500,000 metric tons per year, reducing CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tons.