Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has signed a purchase contract for 30 A320neo jets and 14 A320s, firming up a memorandum of understanding it signed...

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has signed a purchase contract for 30 A320neo jets and 14 A320s, firming up a memorandum of understanding it signed on November 16.

According to Airbus, the Volaris buy represents the largest commercial aircraft order ever by an airline in Mexico. Volaris, also the first airline in Mexico to order the A320neo, will announce its engine selections for the aircraft at a later date.

Since starting operations in 2006, Volaris has become one of the top three airlines in Mexico, having quickly expanded  its network throughout the country and into the United States.

Although Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris initially operated only the Airbus A319, because of the type's suitability for operations from the carrier's hot-and-high base at Toluca,Volaris has increasingly added A320s to its fleet as the airline's network has grown to include more low-altitude destinations and higher-traffic routes

Volaris’ 44 new Airbus A320-family aircraft will more than double the airline’s all-Airbus fleet, supporting its expansion and fleet-renewal plans. Volaris currently operates 34 Airbus aircraft and has a backlog of 58, including the aircraft ordered on January 12.

“The arrival of the new A320s is great news not only for Volaris and the environment,” says Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris. “It is good news also for all of our customers. The new airplanes will let us strengthen our low price strategy to benefit a larger number of Mexicans, while their fuel efficiency and reliability will allow our fleet, the youngest in the country, to be even more friendly to the Mexican skies.”

“This order is important – not just as the largest in Mexico’s aviation history, but also insofar as it enhances the already strong Airbus partnership with one of the leading airlines in that country,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers. “In addition, Volaris will become among the first airlines in Latin America to benefit from the A320neo’s increased capabilities, including a 15 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions.”

More than 8,200 A320-family aircraft have been ordered and nearly 5,000 delivered to some 340 customers and operators worldwide.

The Airbus A320neo family will have airframe commonality of more than 95 per cent with existing A320-family jets.

According to Airbus, this will make A320neo-family aircraft an easy fit into existing fleets and the new-generation jets will offer up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range than existing A320-family aircraft.

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