Article by CenTex Aviation for LuxPlanes.com
European airline Luxair has announced that they have agreed to purchase two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and lease two more. The airline decided that this would be the best option for them to achieve their goals of expanding the airline’s network. Additionally, the airline has increased its Dash 8 services in preparation for the busy summer season.
Luxair currently operates a fleet of 19 aircraft; 8 Boeing 737s, and 11 De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s. This new deal is significant for the Luxembourgish flag carrier, as the two new 737 MAX aircraft purchased by the airline will expand their fleet by over 10%. This development comes as many other airlines are also ordering 737 MAX aircraft. These new aircraft will also be more eco-friendly than other aircraft in Luxair’s fleet. The Boeing 737 MAX is 20% more fuel efficient than its predecessor, the 737NG series of aircraft. All eight of the 737s that Luxair operates are from the 737NG family, these being four Boeing 737-700 and four Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In simple terms, this development will help Luxair achieve its goals of growing its network, while simultaneously making the airline’s operations more efficient and eco-friendly.
Neither Boeing nor Luxair has announced when these aircraft will be delivered, but Luxair did confirm that it will use these aircraft on new routes, focusing on network expansions as opposed to increasing the frequency of its current routes.