Berlin-based carrier Germania’s parent company S.A.T. has taken delivery of the first of five Airbus A319s it ordered directly from the manufacturer.
The order is part of Germania’s fleet roll-over to Airbus A319s, which the carrier expects to complete by the end of 2013. Germania will fly the A319s on a network which includes 30 destinations in Germany, Europe, around the Mediterranean region and the Middle East.
“We are delighted to be taking delivery of our first brand-new Airbus A319 here in Hamburg. This delivery starts a new era in our fleet planning,” said Axel Trampnau, chief executive officer of Germania, at the delivery ceremony on April 19.
“The A319 is one of the most popular short-to medium-haul aircraft, and it will enable us to operate a large number of different routes in a particularly economic and flexible way – both for charter flights and scheduled flights,” said Trampnau. “The fuel-efficient A319 makes an important contribution to environmental protection, and reflects ‘Germania green’ in the truest sense of the word.”
For each A319 Germania has chosen a single-class cabin layout accommodating 150 passengers. Each aircraft’s cabin will be equipped with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, containing video screens and in-seat audio channels.
Germania’s A319s will be powered by CFM56-5B Tech Insertion engines.
Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers to fly different aircraft models, which Airbus says brings operational flexibility and results in significant cost savings.
To date the Airbus A320 family (of which the A319 is the second-best-selling member) has achieved sales of nearly 7,000 aircraft and more than 4,600 aircraft have been delivered to almost 330 customers and operators worldwide.