Lufthansa places regional jet order

Lufthansa has announced a long awaited order to begin the renewal of its regional fleet. The airline had ordered Fairchild Dornier 728s, but that manufacturer’s bankruptcy ended that plan. Instead, Lufthansa has been accumulating BAe 146s and Avro RJs. Lufthansa Group airlines currently operate no less than 62 examples of the BAe 146/Avro RJ family — CityLine operates eighteen Avro RJ85s, Eurowings fifteen 146-200s and -300s, Air Dolomiti five 146-300s, and Swiss twenty-four RJ85s and RJ100s. The airline’s Supervisory Board approved an order for 30 Embraer 190s and 15 Bombardier CRJ900s. Deliveries will begin in late 2008. The Embraer 190 order replaces the long-delayed Swiss order for 15 Embraer 170s and 15 195s. No details were given as to how the new jets will be deployed. Introduction of the 100-seat Embraer 190s, in particular, is likely to cause problems with the Lufthansa pilots’ union. Even if the newly-ordered aircraft were to replace 146/RJs one-for-one, they would not be enough to fully displace the 146/RJs. Moreover, neither the 190 nor the CRJ900 is currently approved for operation at London City.

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