Lufthansa is the first airline to include the new Airbus A320neo in its fleet, once again making it a pioneer in the field. The Airbus, which will be used on flights within Germany and on European routes, such as to Oslo, Stockholm, or Barcelona, is currently by far the most efficient aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights.
The name says it all: “neo” stands for “New Engine Option.” It refers to the particularly quiet and fuel-saving geared turbofan engines from Pratt & Whitney. The aerodynamics have also been
optimized, such as in the newly developed wings, called winglets (sharklets) with their angled tips.
These improvements mean that the A320neo consumes 15 percent less fuel than comparable models, leading to lower CO2 emissions and a considerably reduced environmental impact. The A320neo also flies ahead of the pack in terms of noise reduction. During takeoff it is half as loud as its predecessor model, the A320, and the noise levels are the same as hearing a truck passing by 5 meters away in city traffic.