I doubt that LH will buy any more 737's in the future. ... I think that Lufthansa would like to become and all airbus airlines.
i wouldn't be so sure about that. not too long ago, LH
was reported to be interested in the 737-800/900 (stated by air transport world magazine). of course, such a big airline as LH
is constantly (re-)evaluating lots of different aircraft. and on the other side, such information could also be made public in order to put some pressure on Airbus.
and speaking on becoming all-Airbus... i agree that LH
invites the impression of it heading for an all-Airbus fleet. however, as Godbless pointed out, LH
was/is interested in a stretched derivative of the 744, and i'm sure they will eventually order a considerable number of 7E7. this aircraft, being offered in various versions, could replace the A300s on the european network. and if Boeing sticks to its promises, then the stretched 7E7 will certainly be a major competitior to the A340-300 since it offers much greater economics.
when it comes to DE
, i could very well imagine that they might go for the A321 in due course of time. however, Airsicknessbag pointed out a valid argument, since they fly around some unused cargo capacity. however, i do think that DE
is rather happy with its fleet of 753s simply for the fact that although they are slightly more expensive to operate than the 752s it used to operate, every single passenger more in this bird is almost pure profit. so from an economical point of view, i'm sure it was sounder to get rid off the 752s than off the 753s. i'm also pretty sure that they will maintain this fleet since in summer, they really need an aircraft of that size.
Lufthansa CityLine was not too impressed by the aircraft since they consider the cabin to be much too narrow. apparently, that doesn't seem to bother them too much in their CRJ 700s. however, CLH
has always put emphasis on a bit more "special" business class service: on its ARJ flights with high business pax numbers, they use 3 CA
's in order to provide better service although they're not required to do so.
i believe that might be one reason why they are not too fond of the Embraer jets.
but for the time being, it's believed that the decision on new regional jets to replace the ARJs has been postponed. AC
already placed an order, OS
went for Fokker 100s and SAS has to sort out their financials first, so the combined Star regional jet order does not seem to be imminent.
further indication for postponing this decision stems from the fact that EW
, which operates some BAe-146s and would probably end up receiving some of the new regional jets as well, has recently renewed its lease contracts for these aircraft, so they will be operating them for another year or two.
i do believe, however, that the decision on which type of aircraft is going to be ordered to supplement/replace parts of the fleets of CLH and EW
is going to have great impact on the future of the 733/735 fleet at Lufthansa mainline.
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.