Swiss to Replace Current A320 Fleet with A320neos
Swiss International Air Lines announced an order for 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft. The A320neo (“neo” stands for “new engine option”) is a family of aircraft currently under development by Airbus and will replace the A320ceo, a retronym for the current engine option model. Swiss also has options for another 10 of the aircraft to be confirmed at a later date.
Swiss said in a statement that it plans to eventually replace its entire existing fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft with the A320neos.
The A320neo jets will be equipped with new, more efficient engines and sharklet wing tip devices, and will use 15% less fuel that the current A320s.
Airbus has received orders for more than 3,250 A320neos from 60 customers worldwide since the aircraft’s launch in 2010. The A320neo is scheduled to take its first flight this month and be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand in late 2015.
(Photo: Accura Media Group)