At the Paris Air Show on June 17, Airbus has announced commitments from two customers for a total of 122 A320neo-family jets and an order from another for six A321s.
Synergy Aerospace Corporation, Avianca’s largest shareholder and the owner of Avianca Brasil, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 62 A320neo-family aircraft.
The agreement paves the way for Avianca Brasil to base its fleet-renewal and network growth strategy on the A320neo family, according to Airbus.
“These 62 A320neo aircraft will make it possible for Avianca Brasil to take an important leap toward growing and modernizing its fleet, while improving passenger experience,” says German Efromovich, chairman of Synergy Aerospace Corporation.
“The A320neo Family will deliver Avianca Brasil with enhanced performance capabilities in key airports such as Santos Dumont in Rio de Janiero,” remarks John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers.
Synergy has previously ordered 10 A350 XWBs, six A330-200 passenger jets, one A330-200 Freighter and 20 A320-family aircraft. Avianca Brasil operates 38 A320-family aircraft and one A330-200 Freighter.
Once Synergy firms its latest order, Airbus will have sold 407 A320neo-family aircraft to seven customers in Latin America – Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LATAM, Synergy, VivaAerobus and Volaris.
With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of almost 500 still to be delivered to customers in the Latin America and Caribbean regiona, nearly 600 Airbus aircraft (many of them leased) are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
In May, Airbus celebrated its 500th aircraft delivery in Latin America.
At the Paris Air Show on June 17, also, Airbus has announced that an undisclosed Asia-based airline has signed an MOU at the show for 60 A320neo-family jets.
Additionally, Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir has placed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of six additional A321s, VietJetAir President and CEO, Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier sogning the purchase contract on June 17 at the Paris Air Show.
“The A320 Family has proven to be extremely efficient in service with VietJetAir”, says Nguyen. “Since we took delivery of our first A321 in March this year we have benefited strongly from the additional capacity offered by the aircraft and its low operating costs. We are therefore placing this additional order for the A321 to meet demand on some of our most popular routes.”
VietJetAir began operating commercial services at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 25 A320-family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations throughout Asia.
Including its June 17 order announcement, VietJet Air has ordered a total of 69 A320-family and A320neo-family aircraft from Airbus and also holds purchase rights for another 30 aircraft. VietJet Air has also leased 20 or more additional A320-family jets from a variety of major leasing companies.