Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines have signed a contract with Airbus for nine A330-300s and 32 A320 family aircraft. Of the 32 Airbus A320 family aircraft, 30 (six A319s, four A320s and 20 A321s) will allow Lufthansa to further modernise its fleet and expand its network, while nine A330s and two A320s are to be operated by Zurich-based Swiss International Air Lines. Swiss is fully owned by the Lufthansa Group.
The A320 family aircraft will be used to reinforce and expand Lufthansa’s extensive network in continental traffic, currently encompassing more than 6200 weekly frequencies to 116 destinations in 37 countries.
The nine A330-300s to be operated by Swiss will allow the carrier to increase network capacity and to replace its fleet of A330-200s. The cabin will be fitted with a three-class layout. The additional A320s will provide growth on Swiss European networks.
“We are very pleased to introduce the popular and more efficient A330-300 into our fleet. The aircraft will enhance our fleet as part of our long-haul strategy and also in terms of passenger comfort, economy and style. They will join our A330/A340 fleet seamlessly, providing additional capacity in our inter-continental network. Additionally they will also emit approximately 13% less CO2 per passenger carried,” said Christoph Franz, CEO of Swiss.