Air Lease Corporation has received its first new A320 ordered from Airbus and is leasing the aircraft to Air New Zealand, which has designed...

Financing and leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has taken delivery of its first new A320 ordered from Airbus and is leasing the aircraft to Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand has designed a special livery for the new aircraft as part of its ‘Crazy About Rugby’ campaign, with the A320’s color scheme evoking the colors of New Zealand’s famous national rugby team, the All Blacks.

The aircraft is the first of two IAE V2500-powered A320s to be delivered to ALC for lease by Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand is operating this Airbus A320 painted in a special livery to evoke the colors of the country's famous All Blacks national rugby team. The aircraft is the first of 51 A320-family aircraft ordered by leasing company Air Lease Corporation

“We are very pleased to be delivering the first A320 from our aircraft order with Airbus, to Air New Zealand. The aircraft’s bold all black livery speaks to the success of Air New Zealand as one of the world’s most innovative and leading airlines,” says Steven Udvar-Hazy, ALC’s chairman and CEO.

“This is the first of our new Airbus domestic fleet, with 13 more A320 aircraft due to be delivered over the next five years,” says Rob McDonald, Air New Zealand’s chief financial officer. “The aircraft will enable us to increase capacity on routes that are beginning to face capacity constraints at some airports during peak times.”

“We expected something special to mark the first Airbus delivery to Steven Udvar-Hazy’s new company, ALC, and the Air New Zealand A320 lives up to this. The livery is every bit as stunning as the performance and comfort of the aircraft. We wish both ALC and Air New Zealand a championship year,” says John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.

Air New Zealand's All Blacks rugby-themed Airbus A320 stopped at Los Angeles International Airport on January 29, 2011 during its delivery flight

The aircraft is part of an ALC order for 31 A320s and 20 A321s placed at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2010.

With close to 7,000 aircraft sold, and more than 4,500 aircraft delivered to more than 320 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 family is the world’s best-selling, modern-generation, single-aisle, commercial-aircraft family. Only the Boeing 737 family (over three different generations going back to the latter half of the 1960s – the 737-100/200; the 737-300/400/500; and the 737-600/700/800/900) has sold more.