Cologne, Germany, 5 Oct. 2011. Deutsche Lufthansa AG bought five additional Embraer 195 (E195) jets on September 29. The aircraft will be operated by Verona-based Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa’s regional partner in Italy. The value of the acquisition, at list price, is $226 million. Deliveries will begin in late 2012.
These additional aircraft will double Air Dolomiti’s E-Jets fleet and will be used to add flights on domestic routes in response to the growing demand within Europe. The E195s will be configured with the newSlim Seat Plus, a lighter seat that will help lower fuel consumption.
The new purchase was the next logical step in modernizing their fleet with regards to operating costs, fuel efficiency, noise and emissions, said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President of Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.
With this new order Lufthansa will be the operator of the largest fleet of E-Jets in Europe. The company has ordered 43 E190s and E195s since May 2007. Today, 28 E-Jets are in service with three of Lufthansa’s five regional partner carriers: Augsburg Airways, Lufthansa CityLine and Air Dolomiti.