U.S.-based aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has firmed up orders for 25 Airbus A330-900neos and 30 A321LRs.
ALC was first customer to sign up for the Airbus A330neo family, announcing a commitment for 25 A330-900neos during the program launch at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014.
Los Angeles-based ALC was also the first to commit to the A321LR, the newest variant of the Airbus A321neo, signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 30 aircraft at the program launch in January 2015.
ALC’s January MOU built on the company’s original order for 60 Airbus A321neo jets, signed at the Farnborough Airshow International 2014, increasing the leasing company’s A321neo commitment to 90 aircraft.
“We see significant market appetite for Airbus’ A321LR and A330neo models, offering operators exactly what they want – even more range, even better economics and superior level of passenger comfort,” says Steven Udvar-Házy, Air Lease Corporation’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“ALC is always ahead of the game and we are very happy to have them on board from the start with our latest A321LR and A330neo models,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, Customers.
Including its March 9 order announcement for 55 aircraft, ALC’s total firm orders for Airbus jets stand at 258 aircraft.
ALC’s Airbus orderbook includes 53 A320-family aircraft, 140 A320neo-family jets, 15 A330s, 25 A350 XWB-family widebodies and 25 A330-900neos.
The A321LR, the latest member of the Airbus A320neo family, will be able to fly routes of up to 4,000 nautical miles.
With 206 passengers in a two-class layout, the A321LR offers the possibility for each passenger to carry up to three bags. First deliveries will start in 2019.
Airbus launched sales and development of the A330-800neo and the A330-900neo in July 2014. The company is aiming to make the first deliveries of A330neos to customers in the fourth quarter of 2017.