Sana’a-based Yemenia, the official carrier of the state of Yemen, has taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft as part of its plan to replace its entire fleet of single aisle aircraft with the A320 family, and make the carrier an all-Airbus operator.
The Airbus A320 is the first aircraft from an order for 10 A320-family jets which Yemenia placed in January 2010, and is equipped with IAE V2500-A5 engines.
The aircraft is configured in two classes, with 12 business-class and 138 economy-class seats. According to Airbus, Yemenia will deploy the A320 on regional and international services to Gulf States, Middle East, Africa, India and Southern European destinations, to help to stimulate economic growth in Yemen.
“Our fleet modernisation will see us operating one of the newest and most harmonized fleets in the region,” says Captain Abdulkhalek Al-Kadi, chairman and CEO of Yemenia. “Airbus’ unique commonality between aircraft families will bring added operational and maintenance efficiency and help us achieve our growth targets, and to redefine the best in passengers comfort and services.”
Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.
The A320 family includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321. Each aircraft features fly by wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range.
More than 7,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been sold and more than 4,600 delivered to almost 330 customers and operators worldwide. The A320 family offers a containerized cargo system which uses the same containers as is compatible with the worldwide standard widebody cargo container system.