Intéressante com de LHA ! fleet manager Nico Buchholz
Par Bloomberg, plus à l'aise dans les interwiew, que quand ils inventent des prospectives Aviation !
1/ Le A380, avec 15, ils en ont assez pour les hautes densités et les slots limitations ! C'est dans la ligne !
Et avec les 748i à suivre, pas d'autres commandes en vue, normal !
2/ Comme AF ils réclament une remotorisation des 737, comme des 320, ils sont bien placés pour en parler, avec plus de 80 avions de chaque type !
Ils voudraient les deux !
Pas de doute que John Leahy ne prête l'oreille à 2 de ses meilleurs clients Européens .....
3/ Pour les A350 et B787, en évaluation et sans se presser, ils ont le temps, leur flotte est encore jeune !
Mon avis ... pas sûr qu'ils se décident pour Farnborough comme je le pensais !
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Lufthansa Favors New Fuel-Saving Engines on Airbus, Boeing Jets
May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Lufthansa AG, operator of the biggest aircraft fleet in Europe, said it's in favor of Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. putting new engines on their existing narrow- body models to help reduce operating costs by about 15 percent.
Lufthansa's status as launch customer for Bombardier Inc.'s CSeries plane, a new model in the 100- to 150-seat segment of the single-aisle market, has been instrumental in driving the top two manufacturers to consider improvements, fleet manager Nico Buchholz said in an interview yesterday.
"Re-engining is a welcome addition to the fleet," Buchholz said in Frankfurt, where Lufthansa has its main hub. "The current products are very good, but we'd really like to see an improvement in noise emissions and fuel consumption."Airbus and Boeing will decide this year whether to spend $1 billion installing new engines to boost efficiency until new short-haul models are introduced around 2024. While Lufthansa has a fleet of 727 aircraft and influence over decisions on jetliner development, carriers including American Airlines Inc. say the case for re-engining isn't clear.
Lufthansa operates 89 Boeing 737s and 82 Airbus A320-series jets, plus 35 on order
. The 57-year-old carrier entered the jet age in 1960 with Boeing's 707 and was launch customer for the 737, the world's most widely flown plane. It will get the first 747-8 Intercontinental once the biggest passenger version of Boeing's jumbo is certified for service at the end of next year.
CSeries Side Effect
The German company also has a 30-plane order and 30 options for the Bombardier CSeries, which will use a more efficient geared-fan engine that's being developed by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. It signed a firm contract in 2009, helping the plane to build credibility.
"Our expectation was it would create awareness in the market that we can do better than currently," Buchholz said. "I think the re-engining discussion and some other discussions show that part has worked. That's not why we bought the aircraft, but it was a nice side effect."
New models and upgrades of older planes may hurt the value of existing fleets and make operations more complex. A lack of information on engine performance also hurts the case for re- engining, Peter Warlick, managing director for corporate finance at American Airlines, said in New York on April 26.
Jim Proulx, a spokesman at Boeing's commercial plane division, and Justin Dubon, an Airbus spokesman, said the planemakers intend to make a decision on their plans for single- aisle offerings by the end of this year.
A380 RoutesLufthansa has no immediate plans to purchase more Airbus A380 wide-body planes, with the 15 ordered so far sufficient to cover current flight plans, Buchholz said.
The airline receives its first superjumbo on May 19 and will use it on the Frankfurt- Tokyo route from June 11. Subsequent aircraft will be deployed to Beijing in late August and Johannesburg from October."We can use the planes on routes which are high density and slot-limited so that we get much more efficiency and lower our costs," the executive said.
Lufthansa also has an order for 20 Boeing 747-8 planes, and Buchholz said the models are complementary, with the Boeing jumbo intended to carry 400 passengers and the Airbus about 500.
The Cologne-based carrier, Europe's second-biggest after Air France-KLM Group, so far hasn't ordered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, set for service entry late this year, or the Airbus A350, intended for commercial operations in 2013."We've run a thorough analysis on various models of both types to see which could fit best and we're pretty well advanced in those studies," Buchholz said. "But at the moment we're still in a comfortable situation in that we have a young fleet, so there's no urgent requirement to actually order those."
While there are signs of a recovery in traffic, the rebound is not dramatic and Lufthansa will stick with a conservative approach to fleet planning based on sustainable growth, he said.
--With assistance from Susanna Ray in Seattle. Editors: Chris Jasper, Kenneth Wong.
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