Fleet upgrade

Germania gears up for A320neo jets

Niche airline Germania is embarking on a major fleet modernisation programme with an order for 25 brand-new A320neos.

June 07, 2018
Germania CEO Karsten Balke (left) presents an A320neo to media at the Airbus Hamburg Finkenwerder production site.
Photo: Germania

The Berlin-based airline has ordered 25 of the new-generation A320s to modernise its largely Airbus-based fleet by 2022. The 180-seat planes will offer a Premium Economy class, wi-fi and free catering for all passengers.

CEO Karsten Balke said that Germania “as an established German airline is very proud to take this step with Airbus”. The jets are 25% more cost-efficient than comparable planes, and use about 15% less fuel than earlier models. The size of the fleet investment has not been disclosed.

Germania expects to take delivery of the first 180-seat A320neo at the start of 2020 with nine more to follow in the first half of that year. A further five will follow in 2021, and then 10 more in 2022.

The A320neo jets will replace Germania’s current fleet, which largely consists of leased planes. The airline currently operates 36 planes, including nine B737-700s which will leave the fleet in the coming winter.

Balke, who has an option for 15 more A320neos, said he could imagine expanding the airline’s fleet to 40 planes in future. He plans to operate the new planes for about 12 years and then sell them on to new owners.

Germania flies more than four million passengers a year from 20 airports to over 55 destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. About 60% of the airline’s capacity is contracted to tour operators, including 15% to TUI, the largest single customer.

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