HAMBURG, GERMANY — Lufthansa's partnership with Airbus has seen another milestone with the delivery of the 600th Airbus aircraft to the airline. The first delivery in this longstanding partnership was an Airbus A300B2 on February 9, 1976, marking nearly 50 years of collaboration. 

A formal ceremony at Airbus's Hamburg-Finkenwerder site commemorated the handover of the latest addition, an Airbus A321neo.

The initial purchase agreement between Lufthansa and Airbus was signed in 1975 for three A300B2s, with the first aircraft delivered seven months later. The ensuing years saw the arrival of more Airbus models to the Lufthansa fleet, including the A310 in 1983 and the A300-600 in 1987. The first Airbus A320 joined Lufthansa's fleet in October 1989, and today, more than 370 A320 family aircraft are in operation across various Lufthansa Group airlines. The A340 arrived in 1993, followed by the A330 in 2004. In 2010, the A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft, became part of Lufthansa's long-haul fleet.

On four occasions, Lufthansa has served as the launching customer for new Airbus models: the A310, A340, A220, and most recently, the A320neo in 2016. The Airbus A320 family and the A350-900, which arrived in 2016, are both integral parts of Lufthansa's current fleet. The Lufthansa Group is the world's third-largest customer for the A350.

The latest delivery, the 600th Airbus aircraft, an Airbus A321neo registered as D-AIEQ. The aircraft, which can seat 215 passengers, has been christened 'Münster,' named after the German city.