Industry Spirit Airlines and BOC Aviation finalize A320neo purchase agreements
- Spirit Airlines
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced, that Spirit Airlines and BOC Aviation have respectively finalized deals to buy A320neo aircraft.
Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation Limited has placed a firm order for 20 Airbus A320neo aircraft. 12 of them will be directly leased to Colombian carrier Avianca Airlines. Back in 2008, BOC Aviation first ordered A320neo aircraft.
BOC is one of the largest Asia-based aircraft leasing companies. Over the past years, the company has ordered more and more A320neo Family aircraft, after the feedback from its customers was very positive. This latest order underlines that.
Next to BOC Aviation, another company has ordered new A320neo aircraft: Low-Cost carrier Spirit Airlines. The U.S.-American airline has announced that it has finalized a purchase agreement with Airbus for 100 A32neo Family aircraft.
This order goes back to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in October last year. The order includes a colourful mix of A319neos, A320neos and A321neos and will be added to the fleet to meet the carrier´s future demand.
Back in October, Spirit Airlines’ President and CEO Ted Christie commented: “This new order represents another milestone for Spirit [...] The additional aircraft will be used to support Spirit’s growth as we add new destinations and expand our network across the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. We look forward to working with our valued partners at Airbus to finalise our agreement.”
Spirit Airlines currently operates low-cost flights in America with an all-Airbus fleet. The 145-airframe strong backbone includes 31 A319s, 64 A320s, 20 A320neos and 30 A321s. This latest order represents the airline´s satisfaction with the aircraft family.
To date, Airbus was able to sign deals for more than 7,300 A320neo Family aircraft. More than 110 global customers will operate the aircraft in the coming years. Especially after the 737 MAX disaster from Boeing, Airbus was able to clip off new orders.
Regarding its A320neo Family, Airbus stated: "Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the best-selling A320neo Family, comprising the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo, will deliver a fuel-burn reduction of approximately 20% as well as 50 percent less noise compared to previous generation aircraft, thanks to incorporating the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets."
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