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Delivery delays force Lufthansa Group into new order

The group, which includes SWISS, is having to make an order that includes older Airbus A320ceos.

Lufthansa has ordered up to 16 new aircraft for its group, worth €2.1 billion, including up to six Airbus A320ceos. It is making the order to make up for delivery shortfalls, the news agency Reuters reports. The A320ceo is the older version of the aircraft type.

Along with 12 medium-range A320s, the orders include two long-haul Boeing 777-300ERs for its SWISS subsidiary, expected to start flying from the beginning of 2020, and two Boeing 777F planes for Lufthansa Cargo to replace older MD-11s.

All of the aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2022 and will have no impact on the group’s investment plans, the company says.

Neo delays
Lufthansa is one of several airlines hit by A320neo delivery delays and has had to cut back on some of its growth plans as a result.

The group needs the planes because it is fast expanding capacity this year, mainly at its low-cost Eurowings brand.

“The plan is to deploy them at Lufthansa this year already, in order to offset delivery delays for Airbus A320neo aircraft,” Lufthansa explained in a statement.

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