LTU of Germany will acquire a total of 25 Airbus Industrie aircraft as part of an innovative and extensive fleet renewal program aimed at harmonizing the airline's fleet while increasing profitability. LTU plans to acquire 18 A320 Family aircraft, including both the A320 and the larger A321, as well as seven A330-200 long-range widebody twins. LTU took the first step in this major program when it signed a contract with Airbus Industrie in Dusseldorf for the purchase of six A320 Family aircraft.
The Airbus aircraft will provide LTU with an optimum of performance, revenue potential and cost structure, while accommodating passengers in superior single-aisle and widebody cabins. On board and on the ground, flight crew and ground personnel alike will work with the most modern equipment available today.
The airline will operate the Airbus single-aisle aircraft on medium-haul routes from German airports to holiday destinations in the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. LTU will operate the A320s with 174 seats, while the A321s will have a capacity of 212 passengers, all in a comfortable single-class layout.
LTU's A330-200s will complement its existing fleet of A330-300s. The airline will exploit the full performance and revenue potential of the long-range twin-engined A330-200 widebody jets in intercontinental routes from Germany to North America, the Caribbean, African and Asia.
LTU's A330-200s will feature a two-class long-range cabin with 20 seats in First Comfort and 305 seats in Economy. Furthermore, the cabins will be easily convertible to an all-Economy layout with 340 seats. This will provide LTU with additional flexibility to deploy the aircraft of medium or long-haul routes according to season and demand.
LTU will operate an all-Airbus fleet by the end of 2003, replacing older-generation aircraft with A320 Family and A330 airliners. All Airbus aircraft in LTU's fleet will feature the unmatched commonality and family concept, which is unique to all Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft.
All aircraft in both the A320 and A330/A340 Families share similar flight decks, systems, and fly-by-wire controls. This level of commonality allows airlines to take full advantage of a number of benefits, such as scheduling flexibility, savings in crew training and aircraft maintenance.
To date the A320 Family has booked nearly 2400 orders from around 100 customers, while more than 600 A330s and A340s have been ordered by more than 50 customers. (ends)