Lufthansa has unveiled plans to welcome its first Airbus A350-900s to Munich at the end of 2016.
The German flag-carrier has ordered a total of 25 aircraft of this type, which in future will be used on routes from the airline’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.
“The A350 marks our entry into the two-litre class and is an important step towards active noise protection.
“The aircraft generates a 30 per cent smaller noise footprint,” said Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich.
“This summer Lufthansa will operate a total of 26 long-range aircraft, including 17 A340-600s and nine A330-300s, from its Munich hub.”
The Airbus A350-900 is more fuel efficient than any other aircraft type.
On average the new aircraft will consume a mere 2.9 litres of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometres, roughly 25 per cent less than current-generation aircraft.
The state-of-the-art Rolls‑Royce Trent XWB engines and an aerodynamic design will also reduce noise emissions to well below current prescribed limits.
In addition, the cabin is extremely quiet, thanks to new insulation methods and sound-absorbing materials.
Passengers on board the A350-900 will also benefit from wider panorama windows and more spacious overhead stowage bins.