Lufthansa is the first Airbus A320neo customer (new engine option). In comparison to the A320 it uses 15 percent less fuel and has correspondingly lower CO2 emissions.
With a total of 116 orders, the Lufthansa Group is one of the largest purchasers in the A320neo family.
60 neo-aircraft with PW1100G engines will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group. The new engines and improved aerodynamics allow a significant noise and emission reduction.
With the new engine technology, the 85-decibel noise footprint of a new A320neo is only about half the size as a comparable aircraft of the existing fleet.
The 2.4 meter high wing-tip extensions, so-called ”sharklets”, result in aerodynamic optimization and thus improve fuel efficiency.
Noise-reducing components, so-called vortex generators, are standard on the tank pressure equalization holes on the underside of the wings. Thus the overall sound level of the approaching aircraft can be reduced by up to 4 decibels.
The A320neo has a total of 180 seats for Business Class and Economy Class passengers. Inside the cabin, the galleys and lavatories in the front and back of the aircraft have been newly arranged, allowing for a more efficient use of available space.
The first A320neo, with the registration D-AINA, has already flown scheduled service since January. On March 31, Lufthansa has received its second “neo”.
Lufthansa received the first aircraft with the registration mark “D-AINA” on January 20 in Hamburg Finkenwerder.
Celebrating the handover of the world's first A320neo – from left to right: Airbus-CEO Fabrice Brégier, Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Robert Leduc, Pratt & Whitney President.

Lufthansa takes possession of the first Airbus A320neo in the world

Quieter and more efficient: Noise footprint reduced by nearly 50 per cent – 15 per cent less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

On January 20, 2016 Lufthansa took possession of the first Airbus A320neo. Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier as well as Robert Leduc, the President of Pratt & Whitney and David Hess, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Aerospace for United Technologies made a special trip to Hamburg-Finkenwerder to celebrate the handover of the world's first A320neo. The deployment of the Airbus A320neo marks another step Lufthansa is taking towards a "three-liter fleet" (per passenger and 100 kilometers) and significantly contributes to noise reduction.

„Today we are proving once again that we as an aviation and airline group are pioneers in the development and introduction of technological innovations.“

Carsten Spohr
Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

"We are pleased to be the first airline in the world to take possession of the Airbus A320neo today. The cutting-edge technologies of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney make the A320neo the most efficient and quietest aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights by far. The lower fuel consumption results in lower CO2 emissions and gives the A320neo a significantly improved carbon footprint. The new engine technology also makes the aircraft significantly quieter," says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "Today we are proving once again that we as an aviation and airline group are pioneers in the development and introduction of technological innovations. This year alone Lufthansa will take possession of a total of 52 new aircraft for the group’s airlines" says Spohr.

Noise and emissions reduction

What makes the A320neo stand out are the new engines and improved aerodynamics. The addition of "neo" stands for "New Engine Option". The aircraft is 15 percent more fuel efficient than today's comparable models. It also shows impressive figures in terms of noise reduction: the 85 decibel maximum noise-level contour of a starting A320neo is around 50 per cent lower than that of the current A320. In accordance with certification standards, the cumulative noise emissions are about 29.8 dB below the applicable ICAO limits, which represents a significant advance in terms of noise and emissions reduction compared to the current fleet.

This is possible thanks to the new engine technology. The PW1100G engines feature so-called "Geared Turbofan" technology, which leads to a significant reduction in noise levels and fuel consumption through the transformation of drive power. 60 neo-aircraft with PW1100G engines will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group.

In addition to the new engine technology, all new A320neo and A321neo aircraft will already be equipped with vortex generators on delivery, which have an additional noise- reducing effect. The wings are fitted with the recently newly developed wingtips. The 2.4 meter long winglets (sharklets) lead to less fuel consumption due to the resulting aerodynamic advantages.

First to fly A320neo

 

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Noise contours compared A320neo vs. A320ceo

The Airbus A320neo (new engine option) has an approximately 50 percent reduced noise contour compared with the Airbus A320ceo (current engine option).

The 85 dB(A) maximum noise level contours are shown for a takeoff with Lufthansa standard takeoff procedures and maximum takeoff weight (MTOW).

By comparison, a maximum noise level of 85 dB(A) is produced by a truck passing at a distance of five meters (16 feet) in city traffic.

Noise contours compared

Facts and figures Airbus A320neo

Length 37.6 m
Wingspan 35.8 m
Height 11.8 m
Seats 180 Business/Economy (max.)
Cruising Speed 840 km/h
Max. takeoff weight 73,500 kg
Engine 60 neo-aircraft with PW1100G engines will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group

New cabin arrangement for more efficient use of space

The A320neo has a total of 180 seats for Business Class and Economy Class passengers. Inside the cabin, the galleys and lavatories in the front and back of the aircraft have been newly arranged, allowing for a more efficient use of available space. Business Class passengers therefore benefit from greater legroom in the front rows, and the new arrangement also creates room for a further two rows with 12 additional seats in Economy Class.

Investments in the most advanced aircraft

The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 neo-type aircraft, 45 of them the larger A321neo version. These new aircraft are intended for Lufthansa and Swiss. This order represents an investment of 13.3 billion US dollars according to list price. By the end of 2016, a total of five A320neo aircraft should have been handed over to Lufthansa and also be in use at the Lufthansa hub Frankfurt.

The Lufthansa Group fleet is currently undergoing a fundamental renewal. The Group’s order shows a total of 251 brand-new aircraft at a list price value of about 40 billion euros to date. These are to be delivered by 2025.

Paintwork

Impressions of the paintwork on the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo.
Impressions of the paintwork on the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo.
Impressions of the paintwork on the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo.
Impressions of the paintwork on the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo.
Impressions of the paintwork on the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo.
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.
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.

Final assembly line

Impressions of final assembly of the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo.
Impressions of final assembly of the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo.
The 2.4 meter high wing-tip extensions, so-called ”sharklets”, result in aerodynamic optimization and thus improve fuel efficiency.
The 2.4 meter high wing-tip extensions, so-called ”sharklets”, result in aerodynamic optimization and thus improve fuel efficiency.
The A320neo is equipped with new, especially efficient and low-noise engines.
The A320neo is equipped with new, especially efficient and low-noise engines.
In comparison to the A320 it uses 15 percent less fuel and has correspondingly lower CO2 emissions.