The aircraft, on temporary lease, will mainly be used for long-haul business flights.

Despite the repercussions of the pandemic on the tourism sector, Luxair urgently needs to increase its capacity for long-haul flights. According to the airline, its current fleet of 19 planes cannot keep up with demand.

This is why Luxair decided to charter a Kiss 190 of German Airways. The aircraft will mainly be used for business flights.

Luxair clarified that leasing this aircraft is a temporary solution while the airline increases its capacity and purchases new aircraft. The Embraer aircraft with its 100 seats will be used by Luxair from mid-May. The rental is also a reaction to the number of bookings for the summer season, which Luxair says is increasing rapidly.

The leased aircraft will fly under the Luxair logo and colors. Pilot and cabin crew, who will continue to be employed by German Airways, will be included under this “wet lease” agreement and will continue to operate the aircraft.

The charter company German Airways is the second largest German airline behind Lufthansa and leases five Embraer aircraft to other airlines. On average, planes have about 15 years of flight time.