(Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Lufthansa AG is considering buying more Airbus SE A220 jets to boost profitability on regional routes as European air travel recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter.

The German airline group is looking to simplify a regional fleet made up of several different models across its subsidiary brands, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are ongoing. A shift toward the lightweight A220 could help Lufthansa hold down spending on fuel, maintenance and training, they said.

Speaking after Lufthansa reported third quarter results, Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr said the airline had sent proposal requests to regional jet manufacturers, the first stage in a potential aircraft acquisition.

There’s been no final decision, and it’s possible Lufthansa will go with a different manufacturer. Other models, including from Embraer SA, are among the possible choices, Spohr said on the call.

Spohr didn’t say how many planes are being considered. Lufthansa’s Swiss arm was a launch customer for the A220. It operates 21 A220-300s and 9 A220-100s. 

Airbus had no immediate comment.


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