Lufthansa Group Celebrates the Delivery of Their 600th Airbus Aircraft
Lufthansa celebrated the delivery of their 600th Airbus aircraft on Thursday (May 24th) at Airbus’ Hamburg-Finkenwerder site. The aircraft, an Airbus A321neo named ‘Münster’, was handed over during a ceremony marking the milestone occasion.
On Thursday (May 24, 2023), the Lufthansa Group celebrated the delivery of their 600th Airbus Aircraft, an A321neo named Münster. Lufthansa received their first Airbus A300B2 on February 9, 1976, laying the foundation for a nearly 50 year partnership. The carrier’s first purchase agreement was signed with Airbus for three A300B2s in 1975, and the company has taken delivery of a new Airbus aircraft on an average of every month since then. Lufthansa introduced the A310 in 1983, the A300-600 in 1987, the A320 in 1989, the A340 in 1993, the A330 in 2004, and the A380 in 2010. Since 1976, the Group has operated 10 different Airbus models. The latest delivery, an A321neo, was handed over during a ceremony at Airbus’ Hamburg-Finkenwerder site on Thursday marking the milestone occasion.
At Thursday’s ceremony in Hamburg, Lufthansa Group’s Chairman of the Executive Board, Carsten Spohr, said,
“Lufthansa and Airbus are united by a very special partnership. Ever since Airbus’s creation, we have enjoyed close and trusting collaborations on a wide range of research projects and new developments. Lufthansa has also served no fewer than four times as Airbus’s launching customer for a new aircraft type, most recently for the A320neo family that is proving such a success. Lufthansa has ordered every family of aircraft that Airbus has developed over the past five decades. And more than 90 per cent of the 600 Airbuses that we have taken delivery of during that time are still in Lufthansa Group service today. We also wish to welcome our 700th Airbus to our fleet as part of Lufthansa’s centennial celebrations in 2026.”
Airbus’ CEO, Guillaume Faury, added,
“Lufthansa and Airbus have been partners ever since we delivered the first Lufthansa A300 back in February 1976. Since then, Lufthansa has taken delivery of an Airbus aircraft an average of every month – 600 of them in almost 50 years! No other airline group has received more of our aircraft to date. My particular thanks, on behalf of everyone at Airbus, go to all the teams at Lufthansa for all their confidence and trust. We look forward to the next 50 years of our partnership and our shared commitment to the goal of sustainable air travel.”
Lufthansa’s 600th Airbus, and A321neo registration D-AIEQ, has been configured for 215 passengers. The state-of-the-art A321neo is a short and medium-haul fuel efficient twinjet that has been in service with Lufthansa since 2019.