MUNICH- The Lufthansa Group is actively in the process of establishing its new subsidiary, “City Airlines,” which is earmarked to manage feeder traffic to and from Munich and Frankfurt. To effectively carry out this role, City Airlines requires its own adequately sized fleet.
In the immediate future, this fleet will be comprised of existing Airbus A319s, and in the medium term, the airline is set to integrate 40 new Airbus A220-300s.
Lufthansa City First Aircraft
Notably, the inaugural Airbus A319 sporting the distinctive livery of the new “City Airlines” has recently been identified. The aircraft bearing the registration D-ABGH will soon be relocated to the Munich base in the coming days.
City Airlines is set to bolster its fleet with 40 new Airbus A220-300s, marking a strategic move by the Lufthansa Group to enhance its feeder flight services.
The decision, finalized on December 19, 2023, also includes an option for the acquisition of an additional 20 A220s.
The inaugural delivery is scheduled for 2026, featuring a configuration with 148 seats, and the complete delivery of all 40 Airbus A220-300s is anticipated to conclude by 2031.
In alignment with the Lufthansa Group’s commitment to sustainability, the Airbus A220-300 boasts impressive fuel efficiency, consuming approximately 2.5 liters per 100 passenger kilometers, contributing to the efficient operation of City Airlines’ feeder flights.
As a temporary solution to meet the 2024 launch deadline for City Airlines’ flight operations, the Airbus A319 has been employed.
With over 40 A319s in Lufthansa’s existing fleet, this interim measure ensures the seamless commencement of operations.
Notably, specific A319s, such as D-AILX, have been transitioned from Lufthansa CityLine to City Airlines, facilitating the acquisition of the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the German Federal Aviation Authority.
Although D-AILX returned to Lufthansa CityLine in October 2023, the fledgling subsidiary’s fleet now includes two aircraft, D-ABGH and D-ABGK.
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