Los Angeles-based lessor Air Lease Corporation placed a firm order for 25 Airbus A350 XWB-family aircraft, including 20 A350-900s and five A350-1000s.
Air Lease Corporation also has taken options on five additional A350-1000s. With this new order, ALC becomes the 35th A350 XWB customer and the order takes the A350 XWB backlog past 600, to 617.
Concurrently, ALC has also signed a purchase agreement for 14 more Airbus A321neo jets following an earlier order announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 36 A320neo-family aircraft plus options on another 14. The lessor’s latest A321neo order represents a firming of the options it previously held.
With this latest confirmation from ALC, the lessor’s cumulative orders for the Airbus A320neo family have reached 50 aircraft, of which up to 34 will be A321neos. ALC will announce its engine selections for the aircraft at a later date.
“The A350 XWB family is becoming the industry benchmark for efficiency in the long haul segment, and the A320neo family is ideal for airlines operating short to medium haul missions,” says Steven Udvar-Házy, Air Lease Corporation’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“These aircraft will help airlines grow their businesses while simultaneously reducing their operating costs and emissions,” adds Udvar-Házy. “ALC offers its customers the most modern, efficient aircraft on the market, and both the A350 XWB and the neo fit right in that category.”
“ALC’s continued confidence in Airbus products and especially our fuel efficient A350 XWB and A320neo families is a great indicator of the long-term success of these aircraft,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers.
“When you offer products which cut fuel consumption by a double-digit [percentage] number, and combine that with low maintenance costs and the latest in cabin innovations, it’s a pretty compelling proposal whether you are in the low cost, full service or charter segment,” says Leahy.
The Airbus A350 XWB family is a new, mid-size, long-range family of widebody jets comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts.
The new family will bring a step-change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions, according to Airbus.
Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB family has now won firm orders for 617 aircraft from 35 customers worldwide.
Meanwhile, the re-engined Airbus A320neo will enter into service in late 2015, followed by the A321neo in 2016.
More than 9,000 Airbus A320-family jets have been ordered and more than 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.