Lufthansa Commits to Eco-Friendly Training with Diamond DA42 Twins

Lufthansa Aviation Training expands its fleet with cutting-edge, sustainable options with the introduction of the DA42-VI.

Representatives from Lufthansa Aviation Training and Diamond Aircraft at the handover ceremony in Wiener Neustadt, Austria [image courtesy Diamond Aircraft]

In a significant step toward modernizing its fleet, Lufthansa Aviation Training has welcomed three new multiengine DA42-VIs. The handover ceremony at Diamond Aircraft's headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, earlier this week marked the beginning of a strategic enhancement to Lufthansa's aviation education capabilities.

The DA42-VI signifies a commitment to eco-friendly aviation training, burning up to 50 percent less jet-A than traditional avgas counterparts. Its introduction aligns with Lufthansa Aviation Training's dedication to resource efficiency, modernity, and safety in pilot education.

Raymund Obst, head of pilot school European Flight Academy, emphasized the role of these new aircraft in shaping future pilots.

"We are preparing future pilots for their cockpit careers in a resource-efficient, state-of-the-art, and safe manner," Obst said.

Jane Wang, sales director at Diamond Aircraft Austria, highlighted the global popularity of the DA42-VI among leading flight schools, emphasizing its economic advantages and exceptional low-noise performance. The three DA42-VI trainers will be stationed in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Equipped with advanced features such as efficient jet fuel Austro engines, Garmin G1000 NXi, and optional electrically driven air conditioning, the DA42-VI represents a versatile choice for multiengine training. Its all-composite design reflects Diamond Aircraft's commitment to providing modern and technologically advanced solutions for flight training.

Amy Wilder is managing editor for Plane & Pilot magazine. She fell in love with airplanes at age 8 when her brother-in-law took her up in a Cessna 172. Pretty soon, Amy's bedroom walls were covered with images of vintage airplanes and she was convinced she'd be a bush pilot in Alaska one day. She became a journalist instead, which is also somewhat impractical—but with fewer bears. Now she's working on her private pilot certificate and ready to be a lifelong student of the art of flying.

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