Less aviators: That's how Lufthansa Cargo and Eurowings are converting the fleets


Eurowings wants to get along in the future without leased aircraft from Tuifly and LGW. At Lufthansa Cargo, it is clear how small the fleet will be in the future.

When Lufthansa presented its new strategy for Eurowings for the first time in June, it made it clear that the low-cost subsidiary was to lease fewer aircraft in the future. "Reducing Wet Leases on Narrow Bodies" was a presentation. "Replaced by own aircraft operated by Eurowings" and "Future focus for wet leases: Summer only".
On Thursday, a Eurowings spokesman told the DPA news agency that all planes leased by Tuifly and LGW would be reduced.

Eurowings had LGW itself sold to Zeitfreracht, leaves the Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 of the airline but continue to fly. The Lufthansa subsidiary Boeing 737 and its crew have been hired by Tuifly, but the contracts will gradually expire at the end of 2020. The fleet of Eurowings should exist in 2022 from about 120 airmen of the Airbus A320 family. The airline is already eyeing out old A320s and wants to embark for 2021 first A320 Neo.

Two more Boeing 777F

Exciting is how Eurowings deals with routes on which so far the Dash 8 Q400 fly, which are significantly smaller than the machines of the A320 family. It would be conceivable that one agrees again on a lease with LGW, but not anymore with the old turboprop aircraft, but the Embraer E190 jets on which Zeitfracht changes the fleet. It is possible that some routes will be lost or replaced by the train.

Lufthansa Cargo is also restructuring its fleet. It was already known that the cargo airline wants to equip its remaining ten MD-11s and replace them with additional Boeing 777Fs. It was unclear how many planes it is. On Thursday, Lufthansa Cargo announced that they would complement the current seven 777F with two more jets of the model. "The machines will be delivered by the manufacturer in 2020 and stationed in Frankfurt," they say. The MD-11 will be phased out by the end of 2020.

More space and more range

The cargo airline fleet will consist of only nine Boeing 777F airplanes after the conversion. "Thanks to the higher freight capacity and range, the same freight service can be provided with noticeably fewer aircraft movements in the future," Lufthansa Cargo argues. "All in all, Lufthansa Cargo's customers have the same freighter capacity at the end of the roll-overs as they did when it was first launched, when eighteen MD-11Fs were used for the cargo crane." In addition, one could still count on the freight capacity of four Boeing 777F of the joint venture Aero Logic, which operates Lufthansa Cargo together with DHL.

The MD-11F have a standard load capacity of 93,230 kilograms, the Boeing 777F of 102,870 kilograms. The 777 bring it to a range of 9045 kilometers, the MD-11 are at 6652 kilometers. In addition, the new Boeing aircraft need less fuel than the 20-year-old MD-11. "The twin-engine Boeing 777F is now around 20 percent more efficient and emits less CO2 than the MD-11F," writes Lufthansa Cargo. In addition, the new model meets stricter requirements for noise protection.


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