Latin America’s AviancaTaca has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 51 A320-family aircraft, including 33 A320neos.
The company includes the recently merged Colombian carrier Avianca and El Salvador-based Grupo TACA, the largest airline group in Central America, as well as subsidiary AeroGal of Ecuador.
Once AviancaTaca firms its MOU (announced at the Paris Airshow on June 22), the order will be the largest order for the Airbus A320neo in the region and also the biggest from a single airline in the history of Airbus in Latin America, according to the manufacturer.
AviancaTaca has not announced its engine selection for the A320neos yet. It can choose from either the CFM International LEAP-X1A or the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G geared-turbofan engines.
Airbus says the new aircraft will support AviancaTaca’s expansion into new markets in Latin America, while keeping the airline’s fleet among the youngest in the region.
“Since 1998, we have relied on the A320 family’s economic benefits, customer appeal and proven reliability. Adding the A320neo to our fleet enhances AviancaTaca’s fuel efficiency and range capabilities,” says Fabio Villegas, president and CEO of AviancaTaca. “Today’s historic commitment reinforces our ongoing strategy to provide our customers with the most modern, efficient and environmental friendly services in the region.”
With combined orders of 135 aircraft, AviancaTaca operates a total of 85 Airbus aircraft, including 78 A320-family and seven A330 aircraft. Today, AviancaTaca has a backlog of 40 Airbus aircraft. AviancaTaca operates the entire A320 family of aircraft – the A318, A319, A320 and A321.
The Airbus fleet operating in Latin America has doubled in the last five years. With more than 550 aircraft sold and a record backlog of more than 250 aircraft to be delivered to the manufacturer’s Latin American customers, today nearly 400 Airbus aircraft are flying with Latin American airlines. This represents more than 60 per cent of the fleet delivered in the region, according to Airbus.