Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, has signed a firm order for eight Airbus A320neo aircraft.
The order follows a memorandum of understanding which Transaero Airlines signed in August at the MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Salon in Moscow. The Airbus A320neo family is a re-engined version of the existing A320 family offering up to 15 per cent fuel savings on existing A320-family jets.
Transaero Airlines is planning to operate the aircraft on its extended medium-haul network of domestic and international routes as part of its expansion strategy and fleet renewal program.
The carrier will announce its engine selection at a later date, according to Airbus. Transaero can choose from either the CFM International LEAP-1A engine or the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G geared turbofan, which will be the first of the two engine types into service.
“This order for the A320neo confirms Transaero’s ambition to become the first operator of this aircraft type in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe,” said Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines’ CEO, said. “These newest aircraft will enable us to offer maximum comfort to our passengers, while their high fuel efficiency will help us make air transportation affordable for wider audience.”
“Transaero is an exceptionally forward-looking and pioneering airline in Russia and we are delighted to play such a significant role in the company’s future strategy,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers. “In a fiercely competitive market this is a great endorsement for our eco-efficient, passenger pleasing A320neo aircraft.”
More than 8,100 Airbus A320-family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,800 delivered to more than 340 customers and operators worldwide.
Airbus says the A320neo has airframe commonality of more than 95 per cent with the current A320, making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometers) more range or two meric tonnes more payload at a given range.