– Largest Airbus airline customer and operator in Europe

France | June 17, 2013– The Lufthansa Group has firmed up a previous Supervisory Board decision from March this year and signed for 100 A320 Family aircraft (35 A320neo, 35 A321neo and 30 A320ceo with Sharklets) at the Paris International Airshow in Le Bourget, France.

The Lufthansa Group has been operating the A320 Family since October 1989. They were the launching customer for the A321 and belonged to the first operators of the A319 and A320. The new order confirms Lufthansa’s leading position as the largest Airbus airline customer and operator in Europe, increasing its order for the A320 type to 299. Over 150 of these aircraft have already been delivered.

“These modern and fuel-efficient aircraft will meet the future growth and fleet renewal needs of the Lufthansa Group airlines. By purchasing these aircraft, we will be able in the long term to offer customers a comfortable and modern product in the highly competitive environment. In addition, these aircraft are contributing significantly to reduce noise and emissions wherever we fly our aircraft to”, said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.

“Lufthansa is a loyal customer, and has been operating our aircraft for almost 40 years. We are extremely pleased to receive this repeat order and thank our prestigious customer for their continuing strong commitment to our eco-efficient products. The A320 Family represents the highest level of operational performance while also offering Lufthansa passengers superior level of comfort and services,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent of the single aisle market in just over two years since it was launched, clearly demonstrating its market leadership. Incorporating new engines and Sharklets these new aircraft are set to deliver fuel savings of 15 percent. In addition, the A320neo Family will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise. The A320neo will enter into service from late 2015, followed by the A319neo and A321neo in 2016. The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft family. To date, nearly 9,500 aircraft have been ordered and close to 5,600 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

Repeat Order Solidifies Brazilian Carrier’s Confidence In Airbus

June 8, 2010 – TAM Airlines, Airbus’ biggest customer in the southern hemisphere and Brazil’s largest airline company, announced today an order for 20 new Airbus A320 Family and five A350-900 aircraft, bringing the Brazilian airline’s total Airbus orders to 176 aircraft, including 134 A320 Family, 15 A330-200s and 27 A350 XWB aircraft. The Memorandum of Understanding outlining the order was signed during the ILA Air Show in Berlin.

The new A350-900 aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce engines. TAM is yet to select engines for the new 20 A320 Family aircraft. The airline currently operates its existing fleet of A320 Family with both CFM and IAE engines.

TAM’s incremental A320 Family aircraft order will, in accordance with the airline’s fleet plan, replace existing A320 Family aircraft as part of their commitment to keep an average fleet age of six years. Both the A320 Family and A350 XWBs fleet will serve the carrier’s existing routes.

”With this new order, we can offer our customers one of the youngest fleets in the world of aviation,” said Líbano Barroso, CEO of the TAM Airlines. “Additionally, these new aircraft will allow us to continue our strategy of operating a common fleet throughout our domestic market.”

“TAM’s latest order demonstrates a strong vote of confidence in Airbus. We are very proud to contribute to TAM’s business success by providing the airline with the world’s reference single aisle aircraft family, the A320, as well as with our all new, extra efficient A350 XWB”, said Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus.

In addition to this order, TAM also has 44 single-aisle Airbus A320 Family aircraft on firm order for future delivery, as well as three A330-200s and 22 A350 XWBs, for a total backlog of 69 aircraft.

According to the 2010 Airbus Global Market Forecast, Brazil’s overall air traffic rates have soared to 36 percent above 2000 levels, with domestic traffic nearly doubling during that time. In advance of the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil stands to experience even higher air traffic.

With TAM being the biggest customer, Airbus has seen its most successful period in Latin America in the last five years, with 325 aircraft sold and a record backlog of more than 230 aircraft orders to be delivered to its Latin American customers. Today, more than 370 Airbus aircraft are flying with 23 Latin American airlines, this representing more than 40 percent of the fleet in service.