Aegean Airlines has brought forward the delivery dates of five new Airbus A320s it ordered before the beginning of the economic crisis in Greece but later deferred, and has ordered two additional A320s in a new deal.
According to Aegean Airlines, its new deal with Airbus provides for accelerated delivery of five Α320s it ordered several years ago but which the airline deferred because of the crisis in Greece, as well as an additional, new order for two more Airbus A320 jets. Airbus has not yet announced the new two-aircraft order.
All seven new A320ceos will be fitted with Sharklets and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines.
Deliveries of the seven aircraft will now begin in June 2015 and will be completed by early 2016.
According to Aegean Airlines, the seven new A320s will help it continue to pursue the strategy of development and expansion of its activities that it has been following for some years now.
Not only will the aircraft increase the size of Aegean Airlines’ fleet, allowing it to operate more flights and enlarge its route network, but they will also act to reinforce what the carrier sees as one of its main competitive advantages – the low average age of its aircraft.
Aegean says its successful record of profitability both domestically and internationally, its expansion through the takeover of Olympic Airways, its consistent pursuit of innovative services and the Greek economy’s gradual return to stability have created the right conditions for Aegean now to resume investing in new aircraft.
The seven new aircraft will be the first Α320s in Aegean’s fleet to offer an increased maximum take-off weight of 78 tons.
This will allow the carrier to operate longer-range routes, offering new scope for enlargement of its network even for flights operated from Aegean’s most southerly bases: Heraklion, Rhodes and Larnaca.
“Aegean’s decision to take delivery of seven new Airbus A320s shows its commitment to invest once more in the ongoing qualitative growth of the aviation sector in the country,” says Theodoros Vassilakis, chairman of Aegean Airlines.
“The capabilities are increasing and the existing competitive advantage of the low average age of our aircraft is further enhanced,” adds Vassilakis. “We do everything in our hands to further increase the satisfaction of our passengers and certainly our competitiveness”.
A member of the Star Alliance, Aegean Airlines currently operates 205 international routes from its eight Greek bases and is the largest-ever Greek aviation business.
It is the first Greek carrier to make 13 million seats available annually and serves 120 destinations – 87 foreign destinations in 32 different countries, and 33 destinations in Greece.
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