Fleet


New aircraft models improve fuel efficiency and cost base

The Group’s fleet is an essential resource and is by far the largest asset in the balance sheet. The fleet is so vital for value creation that it must be both modern and efficient to ensure the Group’s success. The modification of the aircraft fleet that has been undertaken in recent years has not only enabled us to fly with less impact on the environment, but also to respond more precisely to fluctuations in demand. Aircraft made by Airbus and Boeing make up the majority of the fleet, whereas aircraft from Bombardier and Embraer are used in the regional segment.

As of the reporting date the Group fleet counted 696 aircraft (without bmi: 636 aircraft), with an average age of 11.2 years. In terms of units this is lower than in the previous year (710 aircraft, including bmi), but overall capacity went up at the same time thanks to the introduction of the new Europa cabin, which has room for more passengers and offers greater comfort. Flight operations for the 50-seater regional aircraft finally ceased in the reporting year. The greater seating capacity achieved by modernising the fleet leads to lower unit costs, as well as reducing fuel consumption and therefore also CO2 emissions. Besides making the fleet more environmentally friendly, continued investment in new aircraft also results in lower noise emissions.

Group fleet – Number of commercial aircraft and fleet orders

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LH), SWISS (LX), Austrian Airlines (OS), British Midland (bmi)1), Germanwings (4U), Lufthansa CityLine (CLH), Air Dolomiti (EN), Eurowings (EW) and Lufthansa Cargo (LCAG) as of 31.12.2011

Manufacturer/type

LH

LX

OS

bmi1)

4U

CLH

EN

EW

LCAG

Group fleet

of which finance lease

of which operating lease

Change compared with 31.12.10

Additions 2012 to  2018

Additional options

1)

Discontinued operations.

2)

Let to Lufthansa regional airlines.

3)

Let to SWISS.

4)

Leased to company outside the Group.

Airbus A310

24)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

Airbus A319

32

7

7

11

30

 

 

 

 

87

4

25

+2

12

 

Airbus A320

46

25

9

7

 

 

 

 

 

87

11

6

+3

55

 

Airbus A321

56

7

6

7

 

 

 

 

 

76

5

5

+12

15

5

Airbus A330

15

17

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

34

 

6

9

2

Airbus A340

50

13

23)

 

 

 

 

 

 

65

2

2

–1

 

 

Airbus A380

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

+4

9

3

Boeing 737

55

 

11

14

 

 

 

 

 

80

3

11

–8

 

 

Boeing 747

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

20

 

Boeing 767

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

2

 

 

 

Boeing 777

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

5

5

Boeing MD-11F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

18

 

 

 

 

Bombardier CRJ

262)

 

2

 

 

32

 

5

 

65

 

5

–12

 

 

Bombardier C-Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

30

30

Bombardier Q-Series

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

–5

 

 

ATR

52)

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

11

 

7

–5

 

 

Avro RJ

 

20

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

29

 

10

–7

 

 

Embraer

302)

44)

34)

19

 

 

 

 

 

56

3

9

+7

13

 

Fokker F70

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

1

 

 

 

Fokker F100

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

Cessna Citation

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

–4

 

 

Total aircraft

355

93

88

60

30

41

6

5

18

696

31

86

–14

168

45

In strategic terms, the Lufthansa Group’s fleet policy has not changed. The majority of the fleet is owned by the Group and is financially unencumbered. The fleet is rounded off by just a small proportion of externally leased aircraft. This provides a flexibility that allows us to respond individually to fluctuations in demand. When demand is high, we can rely on sufficient aircraft being available and when demand contracts we profit from lower expenses by adjusting capacity. Thanks to the ongoing modernisation and greater efficiency of our fleet, our competitive position is also strong in the face of rising fuel prices and the emissions trading beginning in 2012. As well as ordering new aircraft we follow our policy of developing the latest innovations for our existing planes.

Last year saw the addition of four more of our flagship Airbus A380s, taking the total number to eight. Another increase to a total of ten A380s is planned for 2012.

In addition, another ultra-modern aircraft model, the Boeing 747-8i, will enhance our fleet in 2012. The new “jumbo jet” is fitted with the latest technology and supports us in our endeavours to cut unit costs even further. This model fills the capacity gap between the Boeing 747-400 and the much larger Airbus A380. Five B747-8is are expected to join our fleet over the course of 2012. We are also expecting deliveries of two Airbus A380s, six A330s, 17 aircraft from the A320 family and ten regional aircraft in 2012. This takes total deliveries for the year 2012 to 40.

Altogether, 168 aircraft have been ordered for the period up to 2018. They include 47 planes for which the Supervisory Board approved orders in the 2011 financial year. A large part of these orders is for 30 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family. These aircraft are equipped with modern engines and will enable fuel efficiency to be increased and unit cost advantages generated in the short and medium-haul segment as well, probably from 2016.

Fleet orders

 

Deliveries

Long-haul fleet

 

9

 

Airbus A380

2012 to 2015

20

 

Boeing 747-8i

2012 to 2015

5

 

Boeing 777F

2013 to 2015 (LH Cargo)

4

 

Airbus A330

2012 to 2014

5

 

Airbus A330

2012 to 2013 (SWISS)

Short-haul fleet

 

69

 

Airbus A320 Familie

2012 to 2018

8

 

Airbus A320 Familie

2012 to 2014 (Germanwings)

5

 

Airbus A320 Familie

2012 to 2014 (SWISS)

Regional fleet

 

30

 

Bombardier C-Series

2014 to 2016 (SWISS)

13

 

Embraer EMB190 Familie

2012 to 2013

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