Avianca Holdings, Airbus Sign Deal for 100 A320neos
Avianca Holdings, which operates seven Latin American airlines, announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding for to acquire 100 Airbus A320neo family planes. The airline intends to base its fleet renewal strategy on A320neo family aircraft.
The A320neo model range currently consists of the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo aircraft. The letters “neo” stand for New Engine Option.
The A320neo family planes will incorporate many innovations by including the latest generation engines and large Sharklet wingtip devices. Airbus says that these innovations will reduce fuel usage by 15%. By 2020, the aircraft manufacturer promises to deliver 20% in fuel savings.
Avianca currently has combined orders for approximately 200 Airbus planes, with 130 in operation. The first delivery of an A320neo aircraft is currently scheduled for October 2015. Qatar Airways, International Lease Finance Corporation, and Air Lease Corp. are the launch customers for the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo respectively.
To date, Airbus has received firm orders for over 3,600 A320neo family planes from over 70 customers worldwide.
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