Brussels could make narrowbody fleet decision by Q3

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Brussels Airlines could make a decision on its narrowbody fleet replacement by the third quarter.

Simone Menne, chief financial officer of Lufthansa Group, says that Brussels management will provide them with an update on its financial restructuring and fleet replacement in the third quarter, at a press lunch in New York on 25 March. This could include a tentative fleet decision.

Lufthansa owns a 45% stake in the carrier.

Brussels has 14 Airbus A319s, five Airbus A320s, one BAE Systems Avro RJ85 and 12 RJ100s in its narrowbody fleet, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. The A319s have an average age of 10 years, the A320s 11 years, the RJ85 17 years and the RJ100s 15 years.

Menne says that Brussels is not part of the Lufthansa Group's strategy to standardise the narrowbody fleets of wholly-owned subsidiaries Austrian Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and Swiss around the Airbus A320 family because of its minority share. It could become part of the programme if the shareholdings were increased, she adds.

"We are definitely coordinating and discussing together different [aircraft] types," she says, on Lufthansa's meetings with Brussels management.