Reduction of the operating fleet

At the end of 2020, the Lufthansa Group fleet comprised 757 aircraft. The average age of the aircraft in the fleet was 12.5 years (previous year: 12.1 years).

The fleet shrank year-on-year by six aircraft. A total of 22 new aircraft were added to the fleet, compared with 28 retirements. Fleet additions included 18 new aircraft (two Boeing 777Fs, two Airbus A350-900s, three A321neos and eleven A320neos) and four used A320ceos. In contrast, 19 aircraft were sold in 2020 (three Boeing MD-11Fs, three B747s, four A320s, two A319s and seven Bombardier Q Series aircraft) and leases were terminated for nine aircraft.

This means that the first steps were taken in financial year 2020 to reduce the operating fleet, including aircraft operated by non-Group airlines on behalf of the Lufthansa Group, by 150 aircraft. This measure will help adjust the number of flights and the capacity of the fleet to the market, which is expected to stay smaller in the longer term as a result of the crisis.

In addition to phasing out the Group’s own aircraft, wet lease agreements with external partners were not renewed or were terminated in the 2020 financial year. Expiring dry lease contracts will not be renewed for the time being.

Group fleet – number of commercial aircraft

Lufthansa German Airlines including regional airlines and Germanwings (LH), SWISS including Edelweiss (LX), Austrian Airlines (OS), Brussels Airlines (SN), Eurowings (EW) and Lufthansa Cargo (LCAG) as of 31 Dec 2020

Manufacturer/typeLHLXOSSNEWLCAGGroup fleet
Airbus A220 29    29
Airbus A31969 71911 106
Airbus A32010232291656 235
Airbus A32169116 5 91
Airbus A330261)16 10  52
Airbus A340349    43
Airbus A35017     17
Airbus A38014     14
Boeing 74729     29
Boeing 767  6   6
Boeing 777 126   18
Boeing 777F     132)13
Boeing MD-11F     55
Bombardier CRJ35     35
Bombardier Q-Series  8 13 21
Embraer26 17   43
Total aircraft42110979 458518757

1) Partly operated by Brussels Airlines (SN).
2) Partly operated by AeroLogic, of which two aircraft attributed pro rata.

Manufacturer/typeof which leaseChange compared with 31 Dec 2019ZScheduled for retirement3)Temporarily decommissioned
Airbus A220    
Airbus A31932-7  
Airbus A32036+10-404) 
Airbus A3212+3  
Airbus A33010-1-4 
Airbus A340  -9-10
Airbus A3501+2  
Airbus A380  -6-8
Boeing 747 -3-2 
Boeing 767  -3 
Boeing 7772   
Boeing 777F4+2  
Boeing MD-11F -3-5 
Bombardier CRJ  -7 
Bombardier Q-Series13-9-21 
Total aircraft100-6-97-18

3) Without wet leases (–33).
4) Airbus A320 family; dependent on negotiations with aircraft manufacturers on planned deliveries.

At year-end 2020, there were 177 aircraft on the Lufthansa Group’s order list. There are also options to buy a further 102 aircraft. The Lufthansa Group is expecting to take delivery of up to twelve aircraft (eleven aircraft of the A320neo family and one A220) in financial year 2021.

Fleet orders Lufthansa Group

 Fixed ordersDeliveries1)Additional options
Long-haul fleet   
Airbus A350262023 to 202910
Boeing 787202022 to 202520
Boeing 777202023 to 202524
Boeing 777F120241
Short-haul fleet   
Airbus A2201202130
Airbus A320692021 to 2026172)
Airbus A321402021 to 2026 
Total aircraft1772021 to 2029102

1) Partly subject to negotiation.
2) Airbus A320 family.