Fleet to be adapted to modified market conditions and modernised

At the end of 2021, the Lufthansa Group fleet comprised 713 aircraft. The average age of the aircraft in the fleet was 12.7 years (previous year: 12.5 years).

In the 2021 financial year further important steps were undertaken to reduce the operational fleet in line with requirements.  This will help adjust the flight offer and the capacity of the  fleet to the reduced demand, which is expected to remain lower in the longer term as a result of the crisis. In particular, this entails the retirement of larger four-engine aircraft, which are less fuel-efficient. At the same time the Group is taking advantage of market opportunities to purchase modern aircraft at attractive conditions. Overall the speed of fleet modernisation is increasing.

The fleet shrank year-on-year by 44 aircraft. A total of eleven new aircraft were added to the fleet, compared with 55 retirements. The additions to the fleet covered ten new  aircraft (one Boeing 777F, five Airbus A321neos, three A320neos and one A220-300) as well as one used leased 777F. In contrast, 36 older, comparatively inefficient aircraft were sold in 2021 (five Boeing MD-11Fs, two 747s, three 767s, three A321s, six A320s, five A319s, four Bombardier CRJ900s and eight Bombardier Q Series) and the leasing agreements for 19 aircraft were ended. Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, 83 aircraft have been retired. In the same period, i.e. since the end of 2019, 33 aircraft have been added.

Group fleet – number of commercial aircraft

Lufthansa German Airlines including regional airlines, Germanwings and Eurowings Discover (LH), SWISS including Edelweiss (LX), Austrian Airlines (OS), Eurowings (EW), Brussels Airlines (SN) and Lufthansa Cargo (LCAG) as of 31 Dec 2021

Manufacturer/typeLHLXOSSNEWLCAGGroup fleet
Airbus A220 30    30
Airbus A31944  1636 96
Airbus A3209730291656 228
Airbus A32174106 2 92
Airbus A3302516 9  50
Airbus A340349    43
Airbus A35017     17
Airbus A38014     14
Boeing 74727     27
Boeing 767  3   3
Boeing 777 126   18
Boeing 777F     151)15
Boeing MD-11F      0
Bombardier CRJ31     31
Bombardier Q-Series    6 6
Embraer26 17   43
Total aircraft38910761 4110015713

1) Partly operated by AeroLogic, of which two aircraft attributed pro rata.

Manufacturer/typeof which leaseChange compared with 31 Dec 2020
Airbus A220 +1
Airbus A31927-10
Airbus A32032-7
Airbus A3211+1
Airbus A3308-2
Airbus A340  
Airbus A3501 
Airbus A380  
Boeing 747 -2
Boeing 767 -3
Boeing 7772 
Boeing 777F5+2
Boeing MD-11F -5
Bombardier CRJ -4
Bombardier Q-Series6-15
Total aircraft82-44

At year-end 2021, there were 175 aircraft on the Lufthansa Group’s order list. There are also options to buy a further 74 aircraft.

Fleet orders Lufthansa Group

 Fixed orders1)DeliveriesAdditional options
Long-haul fleet   
Airbus A350282023 to 2029 
Boeing 787252022 to 202620
Boeing 777202023 to 202724
Boeing 777F12024 
Short-haul fleet   
Airbus A220  30
Airbus A320662022 to 2026 
Airbus A321352022 to 2027 
Total aircraft1752022 to 202974

1) Excluding contracted leases.