Airbus has revealed that leasing company Avolon ordered 20 A320neo aircraft in December.
The firm order increases by five aircraft Avolon’s initial commitment for 15 Airbus A320neos, announced last July at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 as a memorandum of understanding.
Avolon will make its engine selection at a later date, according to Airbus.
“Our increased commitment to the NEO reflects the strong customer feedback we have received since our original announcement for 15 NEO aircraft in July 2012,” says John Higgins, Avolon’s president and chief commercial officer.
“Maintaining a forward order book of highly fuel-efficient, new generation aircraft is a natural complement to our extensive sale and leaseback and other financing capabilities and maintains our position as a premier, full-service aircraft lessor,” adds Higgins. “We are confident that our customers will be satisfied with the economic and environmental benefits the NEO promises to deliver.”
The A320neo is a new engine option for the Airbus A320 family and is due to enter service in 2015. It incorporates latest-generation engines (from a choice of two engine types) and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices. Together these advances will deliver 15 per cent in fuel savings, accoridng to Airbus.
According to Airbus, this reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel, the annual consumption of 1,000 mid size cars. Airbus says this will save 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year.
Airbus A320neo-family emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) are 50 per cent below ICAO’s future CAEP/6 emissions standard and the aircraft also have a considerably smaller noise footprint than the existing A320 family, according to Airbus.
Close to 8,900 A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.