Industry Airbus receives orders for 404 aircraft on Dubai Air Show 2021

On Dubai Air Show 2021, Airbus was able to gain orders for a total of 404 new aircraft.

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For European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the Dubai Air Show 2021 has started off well. After the first days, the company announced firm orders and order commitments for a total of 404 aircraft from four companies.

The largest order comes from Indigo Partners. For its portfolio airlines, the company signed for 255 new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered to Wizz Air with 102 aircraft, including 75 A321neos and 27 A321XLRs, Frontier with 91 A321neos, Volaris with 39 A321neos and JetSMART with 24 aircraft, consisting of 21 A321neos and two A321XLRs.

Additionally with this order, Volaris and JetSMART will upconvert a previous order for 38 A320neo aircraft to the larger A321neo. Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners, said: “This order reaffirms our portfolio airlines’ commitment to consistent growth through the next decade. The Airbus A321neo and A321XLR have industry-leading efficiency, low unit costs and a substantially reduced carbon footprint relative to prior models. With these aircraft, Wizz, Frontier, Volaris and JetSMART will continue to offer low fares, stimulate the markets they serve and improve their industry-leading sustainability profile.”

Second largest order to date comes from leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC), which signed and Letter of Intent (LoI) for 111 aircraft, including 25 A220-300s, 55 A321neos, 20 A321XLRs, four A330neos and seven A350Fs.

ALC aircraft portfolio © Airbus
ALC aircraft portfolio © Airbus

What stands out is the order for seven A350Fs. It is the first order announcement for the aircraft. According to Airbus, the freighter is based on one of the most modern airliners and is expected to meet the ICAO CO2 emission standards for 2027. With the order, Airbus and ALC have also opened an ESG fund initiative for sustainable aviation development project for the future.

“With foresight, ALC is solidifying its order portfolio for the most desirable aircraft types as we exit the crisis and in particular, it has seen the formidable value the A350F brings to the cargo market. ALC’s endorsement confirms the global enthusiasm we see for this quantum leap in the freighter space and we applaud its insightfulness in selecting it and in beating everyone to the finish line for the first A350F order announcement,“ said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

Jazeera Airways signing ceremony © Airbus
Jazeera Airways signing ceremony © Airbus

Next up, Jazeera Airways committed for 28 new A320neo family aircraft. The manufacturer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the airline during the air show. The order consists of orders for 20 A320neos and eight A321neos. Currently, Jazeera operates with a fleet of eight A320neo aircraft already.

Nigerian Ibom Air was then the next airline to sign a purchase agreement for 10 Airbus A220 aircraft. The government-owned airline signed a firm order with Airbus. Currently, the carrier already operates with two A220s which help the airline to strengthen the domestic and international network.

Ibom Air signing ceremony © Airbus
Ibom Air signing ceremony © Airbus

Source © airbus.com

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