Airbus has announced that in December independently owned Chinese lessor China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC) firmed up a recently signed commitment to order 100 A320-family aircraft.
The order comprises 74 Airbus A320neo jets, 16 A320s and 10 A321s. Including its new order, CALC’s total backlog with Airbus stands at 140 A320-family aircraft.
“Adding these A320 Family aircraft, including the latest generation A320neo to our portfolio, means we can fully meet all our customers’ requirements in terms of low fuel burn, high reliability and unbeatable comfort,” said Dr Mike Poon, CEO and executive director of China Aircraft Leasing Company.
“The A320 Family is without a doubt firmly established as a key asset in our fleet and the cornerstone of our single-aisle offering,” Poon added.
According to Airbus, the A320neo’s new-generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices will deliver 15 per cent in fuel savings from day one compared with current A320-family jets and by 2020 will offer fuel-burn reductions of 20 per cent over today’s A320s.
This reduction is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year, according to Airbus.
The manufacturer has now won orders for more than 11,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft and has delivered more than 6,300 aircraft.