Wizz Air, the largest low-cost carrier serving Eastern and Central Europe, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Paris Air Show on June 18 for 110 A321neos.
According to Airbus, when Wizz Air firms its MOU into a purchase contract, the deal will represent the single largest order for the A321neo.
The deal, which the airline signed at the 51st Le Bourget International Paris Air Show, pushes Airbus A320neo-family orders and commitments to more than 4,000 aircraft.
Wizz Air’s planned order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration, with 239 seats of 18-inch width.
Today, Wizz Air operates a fleet of 61 A320-family jets on one of Central and Eastern Europe’s most extensive networks, the carrier operating more than 380 routes from 22 bases.
“Thanks to our rapidly growing A320 fleet, we’ve become one of Europe’s leading carriers,” says Jozsef Varadi, CEO of Wizz Air. “The A321neo is clearly the leading single-aisle aircraft and the best platform regarding operating economics to support our ambitious growth plans.”
According to Airbus, the A320neo family will deliver a 15 per cent fuel-burn reduction at entry into service compared to current-generation A320s, and a 20 per cent reduction by 2020, achieved through cabin innovations, the latest engine technologies and overall efficiency improvements.