City Airlines, a new subsidiary of the Lufthansa group, already has the first jet with its livery. The airline presented a short video showing the Airbus A319 registration D-ABGH being painted at the Altitude Paint Services facility in Münster, Germany.
The A319-100 D-ABGH is an aircraft with a long history in the German group, having debuted in 2007 at Air Berlin.
The aircraft was allocated to the Eurowings fleet until the middle of last year, when it was transferred to City Airlines, in the midst of the process of obtaining the Air Operator Certificate (AOC).
Lufthansa plans to launch City Airlines services from summer 2024, initially with a fleet of second-hand Airbus jets.
In December, the carrier announced an agreement with Airbus to acquire 40 A220-300s in addition to 20 purchase options. The new and efficient aircraft is expected to be received from 2026.
City will be a feeder airline for Lufthansa flights, with routes concentrated in Frankfurt and Munich.
The new airline also promises controversy as the German group is seeking to hire people on less favorable terms than its current employees in other companies in the group.
Lufthansa’s goal is to compete for customers with huge low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet, among others.