Great week for Airbus as orders for 52 A320 jets are confirmed
An order from Easyjet for 27 new A320 jets has rounded off a strong week for Airbus, and of course a good week for Airbus is a good week for Flintshire’s economy as we all know.
On Tuesday Lufthansa group agreed to buy 15 A320neo aircraft plus an additional 10 to be confirmed later, for its Swiss Airlines subsidiary.
John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers sid:
“We are delighted to welcome SWISS as a new customer for the A320neo and thank the Swiss Flag carrier for their continuous confidence in our products, for many years SWISS has successfully cashed in on all the economic and environmental benefits the A320 Family offers.
SWISS is the national airline of Switzerland and with A319s, A320s, A321s, A330s and A340s in its fleet the carrier will be able to take maximum benefit from the unique commonality across the Airbus Family.
The Lufthansa group also it had approved for another one of its subsidiaries, Eurowings to order 10 A329neo jets.
“By purchasing fuel-efficient A320 aircraft with the highest reliability standards, we offer our customers a comfortable, appealing and modern product in a highly competitive market environment,” said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.
The Lufthansa Group is Airbus’ biggest airline group operator with over 400 Airbus aircraft in operation and is also Airbus’ biggest airline customer with over 580 aircraft purchased, including today’s new order. Lufthansa Group runs one of the largest Airbus A320 Family fleet in the world, with almost 300 A320 Family aircraft currently in service. Eurowings has already operated Airbus A319s in the nineties and early 2000s.
Easy Jet have ordered 27 additional current engine option A320s, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft, currently easyJet operates a fleet of some 225 A320 Family aircraft.
In June 2013, EasyJet became a customer for the A320neo, with an order for 100 aircraft.
Altogether, with this latest order, easyJet’s combined total order for all members of the A320 Family rises to 415 aircraft.
“We are bringing new aircraft into the fleet as we continue to see a significant number of new profitable opportunities in our core markets in the near term and in order to maintain our cost advantage,” said Carolyn McCall, easyJet Chief Executive.
“easyJet is a demanding customer and this repeat order is as solid an endorsement as you can get for the A320’s proven productivity, reliability and comfort. The A320 Family has the widest cabin which also helps with faster airport turnaround times,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
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