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On January 20th The Lufthansa Group, Airbus’ largest airline customer and operator marked a major step in aviation history by taking delivery of the first A320-200neo, the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft. Equipped with all new technology Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines, the A320neo sets a new, even higher standard in aircraft efficiency, reducing emissions and noise, as well as burning 15 percent less fuel than current generation aircraft from day one.  Thanks to further improvements that will be incorporated by 2020, this fuel burn saving will increase to 20 percent.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. was quoted as saying “We are happy that today we are the first airline worldwide to receive the Airbus A320neo. Featuring the leading technology of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney, the A320neo is by far the most efficient and most silent aircraft on short- and medium-haul routes. With lower fuel consumption and consequently lower CO2 emissions, the A320neo has a clearly improved environmental performance. Furthermore, the new jet engine technology makes the aircraft considerably quieter. As a result, we have ordered a total of 116 aircraft of this type for the airlines of the Lufthansa Group.”

“Handing over the first A320neo to a world’s leading airline and long standing Airbus customer, Lufthansa, is a truly great day for everyone at Airbus,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “This occasion marks a new step forward to delivering on our promises and meeting our industry’s goal for sustainable aviation. The A320neo embodies Airbus’ passion and commitment to deliver maximum value and efficiency to our customers through continuous innovations.“

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With almost 4,500 orders received from nearly 80 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

North American A320neo Family sales

To date, Airbus has received 361 firm orders for A320neo Family aircraft from six North American airlines:

American: 100 A321neos

Frontier: 62 A320neos and 18 A319neos

Hawaiian: 16 A321neos

jetBlue: 25 A320neos and 45 A321neos

Spirit Airlines: 45 A320neos and 10 A321neos

Virgin America: 30 A320neos and 10 A321neos