Mexican low-cost carrier and all-Airbus operator Interjet has placed an order for 40 Airbus A320neo aircraft.
Interjet will announce its engine selection for its Airbus A320neo jets at a later date.
According to Airbus, the A320neo has airframe commonality of greater 95 per cent, making it an easy fit with Interjet’s existing fleet of 36 A320s. Later this month, Interjet will receive an additional Airbus A320.
In only seven years of operations, Interjet has become one of Mexico’s biggest airlines, having quickly expanded its network throughout the country and into the United States, Central America and the Caribbean.
The new A320neo jets will support Interjet’s continued network expansion and fleet renewal plans. Interjet now has a backlog of 45 Airbus A320-family aircraft, including its November 13 order.
“Adding the newest aircraft technology to our already young and efficient A320 fleet will allow us to operate some of the most cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly equipment available in aviation,” says Miguel Aleman Velasco, Interjet’s chairman.
“The A320neo will help Interjet maintain our leading position in Mexico’s airline business,” says Miguel Alemán Magnani, president of Interjet.
“This order solidifies an already strong partnership with one of Mexico’s leading airlines. It also reinforces Latin America’s growing trend of operating some of the world’s youngest and most efficient aircraft,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers for Airbus. “Interjet will be one of the first airlines in the region to operate the A320neo and to benefit from the 15 per cent reduction in fuel burn it delivers.”
Interjet’s Mexican low-cost rival Volaris, also an all-Airbus operator and almost identical in size to Interjet, had already placed an order for 30 A320neos and 14 A320ceo (current engine option) jets in January 2012. Volaris currently operates 38 Airbus A320-family jets.
To date, more than 8,600 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been sold and more than 5,300 delivered to more than 350 customers and operators worldwide.
The A320neo family, with firm orders for almost 1,500 aircraft from more than 30 customers since its launch, is the fastest-selling commercial jet ever and is on track to enter service from 2015.
Airbus has sold more than 700 aircraft and has a backlog of almost 350 to be delivered throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
In the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet in the region while delivering more than 60 per cent of all aircraft operating in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today more than 450 Airbus aircraft operate there.