International Airlines Group (IAG) has converted options on 20 A320neo-family jets options into a firm order.
Announcing the order on the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Airbus said the 20 A320neo-family aircraft are currently intended to replace 21 aircraft in British Airways’ short-haul fleet.
The order appears to include Airbus A321neo jets as well as A320neo aircraft.
British Airways already operates 120 Airbus single-aisle aircraft, covering the full Airbus A320-family range from the A318 to the largest A321.
According to Airbus, the order by IAG will help sustain several thousand aviation jobs throughout the UK, where the A320 family’s wings are designed and assembled. It also contributes some £40 million ($68.3 million) to the UK economy.
In August 2013, IAG announced that, as part of a Vueling order for up to 120 Airbus A320-family aircraft, it had also secured options on 100 Airbus A320neo jets.
To date, Airbus has won firm order for more than 10,500 A320-family jets and has delivered more than 6,100. (The first flight-test A320neo, which Airbus rolled out on JUly 1 fully painted, bears the manufacturer’s serial number 6101.)
By the end of June 2014, firm orders for the new Airbus A320neo family exceeded 2,800 aircraft.