Avianca Holdings S.A. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for 100 A320neo-family aircraft.
According to the manufacturer, Avianca Holdings S.A. ‒ which, including group airline TACA (now operating under the Avianca name), is Latin America’s second-largest airline group after LATAM Airlines Group ‒ will base its short- and medium-haul fleet renewal strategy on the Airbus A320neo family.
Going by the computer graphic image of Avianca aircraft released on February 5 by the manufacturer, Avianca’s Airbus A320neo-family fleet renewal will involve A320neo jets as well as A320neos.
“After a thorough technical evaluation, we selected the A320neo Family for its excellent fuel efficiency, reliability and comfort,” said Fabio Villegas Ramirez, Avianca’s chief executive officer. “These qualities are essential to further our growth and fleet modernization strategy and improve our passenger experience.”
“The A320neo Family is the ideal aircraft for Avianca’s longest, single-aisle routes and high-altitude airports within their network,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers.
Operating airlines based in Colombia and in Central America, Avianca has long bought aircraft from Airbus for its fleet modernization and expansion programs. In 2012, Avianca ordered 51 Airbus A320-family aircraft, including 33 A320neos.
Including both Avianca and TACA, the Avianca Holdings S.A. airline group has placed orders for nearly 200 Airbus aircraft, of which nearly 130 are currently in operation.
More than 11,500 Airbus A320-family jets have been ordered to date and nearly 6,400 have been delivered, to 400 customers and operators worldwide.
Firm orders for the new Airbus A320neo family now exceed 3,600 aircraft, with70 customers having placed orders.
To date, the A320neo family has won firm orders for 245 aircraft from seven Latin American customers: Avianca, Brazilian carrier Azul, Interjet, LAN, TAM, VivaAerobus and Volaris.
Airbus has sold more than 850 aircraft in Latin America and has a delivery backlog of nearly 400. More than 550 Airbus aircraft, including leased jets, are now in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
In the past 10 years, according to Airbus, it has tripled its in-service fleet in Latin America, and has delivered more than 60 per cent of all new aircraft operating in the region.