Virgin America Orders 10 Airbus A321neo Jets
Virgin America announced plans to acquire ten new Airbus A321neo aircraft. Deliveries are slated to begin in the first quarter of 2017 and will continue through the third quarter of 2018. The airline will lease the planes leased from GE Capital Aviation Services.
The A321 is part of the A320neo family of planes and incorporates many innovations through the incorporation of the latest generation engines and large sharklet wingtip devices.
The aircraft will be up to 20% more fuel efficient than current generation aircraft on a per seat basis based on fuel burn. In addition, its nitrogen oxide emissions will be 50% below current regulatory limits.
The move places the San Francisco-based carrier among the first to operate A321neo aircraft powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines, which produce significantly less noise than current model A321s.
To date, Airbus has received firm orders for over 4,440 A320neo family planes from over 70 customers worldwide.
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