Stunning days business for Airbus at Farnborough with 201 jets added to the order book
Its been a day of huge deals for Airbus at the Farnborough Airshow, AirAsia has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 100 A321neo aircraft.
The contract was announced today by AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes and Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier.
The contract marks the first order placed by AirAsia for the largest model in the best-selling A320 Family.
Today’s announcement sees the total number of A320 Family ordered by AirAsia rise to 575, reaffirming the carrier’s position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line.
To date, over 170 A320s have already been delivered to the airline and are flying with its units in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer said.
“AirAsia Group currently operates close to 1,000 flights per day to more than 120 destinations in 24 countries.
We recorded a robust load factor of 85% in the first quarter of 2016, up 8 percentage points from the same period last year, and we are confident of maintaining this momentum going forward.
The A321neo will help us to meet ongoing strong demand as well as further reduce our cost per Available Seat Kilometre across the group, which will translate to lower air fares for our guests.
We would like to congratulate Airbus for producing the state-of-the-art A321neo aircraft that meets our requirements for efficient operations.”
Indian low-cost airline Go Air has chosen Airbus for its further expansion plans by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 72 A320neo aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow.
Go Air, a Wadia Group company, announced its latest order following a similar agreement for 72 A320neo placed in 2011 bringing the total order book to 144 aircraft.
The first two aircraft from this order were delivered in June.
“The new A320neo provide us the competitive edge to achieve our growth targets and help us strengthening our presence in the wider region.
It also reaffirms Go Air’s commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel experience to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company.
The new aircraft will help us in unlocking new domestic routes while providing a springboard for continued international network expansion in the years to come.” said Go Air CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.
WOW air the low-fare airline based in Iceland has signed a firm order for four A321s.
The airline’s first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes WOW air a new Airbus customer.
WOW air is an all Airbus operator with 11 aircraft in its fleet to date and will grow to 12 by the end of 2016.
Earlier today Germania Group confirmed it had placed a firm order for 25 Airbus A320neos, as reported by Deeside.com on Monday.
The contract was signed at the Farnborough International Airshow by Karsten Balke, CEO of Germania and S.A.T., and Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus.
Germania Group operates an Airbus fleet of ten A319s and five A321s to destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from mainly German, Swiss and UK bases.
Berlin-based Germania is also the charter service provider for Airbus’ double daily flights between its largest production sites in Toulouse and Hamburg.
Karsten Balke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Germania.
“We are delighted to continue our successful collaboration with Airbus within the framework of our fleet renewal programme.
The order of 25 A320neo fitted with the newest engines from Pratt & Whitney provides a solid basis for Germania’s future business development.
We are totally convinced by the technical innovations, as well as by the combination of comfort and economics provided by this aircraft.”
Wings for both orders with be made in Broughton.