Wizz Air yesterday signed a firm contract for 75 Additional Airbus A321neobringing its total order to 434 single-aisle aircraft from the European aircraft manufacturer.
The amount of the contract amounts to ten billion dollars, according to the list price of 2018, the last to have been communicated by Airbus. The Hungarian low cost currently operates a 100% Airbus fleet more than 180 A320 Family aircraft.
Launched 20 years ago, Wizz Air was at the end of July the sixth European company in number of daily flights, behind Air France, but ahead of KLM, according to traffic monitoring body Eurocontrol. Engaged in an ambitious race for passenger volumes, it is with its direct Irish competitor Ryanair among the big winners of the post-Covid-19 recovery, with 141% of traffic for the same period of 2019, Ryanair evolving to 127%.
“Wizz Air further strengthens its position as the largest A321neo Family operator in Europe and the Middle East. More than half of our fleet has already been converted to state-of-the-art neo technology. The A321neo’s unparalleled economic efficiency and remarkably low carbon footprint underpin our commitment to providing affordable and sustainable travel options to our customers. We benefit from a long-standing strategic partnership with Airbus and are unwavering in our commitment to this exceptional technology with one of the world’s largest outstanding order books of over 350 neo aircraft.“, said József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air.
The A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo family, offering unrivaled range and performance, Airbus said in a statement. By incorporating next-generation engines and Sharklets, the A321neo delivers 50% noise reduction and more than 20% fuel and CO2 savings compared to previous-generation single-aisle aircraft, while maximizing comfort passengers in the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky. To date, nearly 5,200 A321neos have been ordered by customers around the world.