Airbus sells 40 planes to Lufthansa in bumper deal

AIRBUS is celebrating after cutting a bumper $4.3bn (£2.74bn) deal with Lufthansa for 40 aircraft.

The deal, which was signed yesterday, will see Lufthansa increase the size of its own fleet, and give extra aircraft to subsidiary airlines SWISS and GermanWings.

As part of the agreement, Lufthansa, Airbus’ biggest commercial customer, will receive 20 A320 planes and three A330-300 aircraft.

SWISS is set to acquire four A320 planes and five A330-300s. Germanwings will take eight A319s.

Once the deal is complete, Lufthansa will have acquired 410 aircraft from the French manufacturer.
In July, Airbus cut a raft of deals at the Farnborough Airshow, totalling some $28bn. Its biggest customer was Virgin Atlantic, which ordered 60 new aircraft.