The Lufthansa Group has said that it will increase its fleet of passenger aircraft by four more Airbus models.
The four Airbus A350-900s, according to Lufthansa, will be purchased from Deucalion Aviation, an aircraft asset management company.
By the end of 2023, the Lufthansa Group should get the aircraft.
The four brand-new Airbus 350-900 aircraft were formerly held by LATAM Airlines Brazil, a division of the LATAM Airlines Group, and were registered N285BN, N286BN, N287BN, and N264AR.
Data from ch-aviation.com indicates that all four ex-LATAM Airlines Brazil A350s left the company’s fleet sometime in 2021, after which Deucalion Aviation acquired the planes.
The aircraft were delivered to LATAM Airlines Brazil in May 2016, August 2016, December 2016, and December 2019, respectively. They are now registered as N285BN, N286BN, N287BN, and N264AR.
This is not the first occasion that Lufthansa has added used Airbus A350-900 aircraft to its fleet.
According to the airline’s 2022 annual report, since “many airlines canceled orders at short notice and terminated leases ahead of schedule” during the pandemic, the market had “an increased range of modern aircraft available at attractive conditions and subject to short delivery periods”.
As a result, Lufthansa received four Airbus A350-900s from a lease that was early terminated and five Boeing 787-9s from an order that was canceled.
“These orders benefited from favorable purchase prices and low lease rates as well as short delivery times. All four A350-900 aircraft were delivered in the first six months of 2022, while two 787-9s were delivered in the second half of 2022,” the report continued.
ch-aviation.com data indicate that all four Airbus A350-900s received by Lufthansa in H1 2022 were formerly owned by Philippines Airlines.
In addition to the 21 Airbus A350-900s it presently runs, Lufthansa has also recently placed orders for 10 A350-1000s and five additional A350-900s.
As the third-largest Airbus A350 customer in the world, Lufthansa now has 38 solid orders in place for this extremely effective long-haul Airbus aircraft.
Potentially, Lufthansa will purchase six Airbus A350-900s that were previously used by other airlines.