More orders for Airbus A321XLR
Purchases from Qantas, Saudia and IAG
- 18/19 June 2019 -
Qantas, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Indigo Partners and International Airlines Group (IAG) have signed commitments at the Paris Air Show for the new Airbus A321XLR Extra Long Range version.
Indigo Partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 32 new orders for A321XLRs and the conversion of 18 existing A320neo Family aircraft orders. That makes a total of 50 A321XLRs. The company will allocate 20 of the A321XLRs to Wizz Air, 18 to Frontier and 12 to JetSMART. Indigo Partners is a private equity fund focused on worldwide investments in air transportation and has major ownership stakes in four low-cost airlines: Frontier Airlines (USA), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary). The four carriers together operate 295 Airbus planes and, with the new commitments, have 636 on order.
Qantas signed a firm order for 10 aircraft and converted 26 existing orders for A320neo Family aircraft to orders for A321XLRs. Makes a total of 36. The Australian airline, owner of low-cost carrier Jetstar, want to improve its point-to-point network in Australia, Asia and the South Pacific.
Saudia signed for fifteen of the type. The airline increased its existing A320neo Family orders from 35 to 65, plus 35 options. The rest of the order is an unspecified mix of A320neo and A321neo aircraft. Saudia currently operates a total of 100 Airbuses, including the A320ceo Family and the A330ceo.
International Airlines Group (IAG) placed a firm order for fourteen Airbus A321XLR aircraft. Eight are destined for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus. The aircraft will enable Aer Lingus to launch new routes beyond the US East Coast and Canada. Iberia also intends to use the aircraft on transatlantic services and to increase frequencies in key markets.
More Airbus orders during the show:
Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost airline, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 10 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The airline also upsized ten of its existing A320neo orders to A321neos. Flynas currently operates 30 A320ceos and 2 A320neos.
JetBlue has converted 13 of its existing A321neo orders to firm orders for the A321XLR. Also, JetBlue ordered ten more A220-300 aircraft from existing options.
China Airlines signed a 'memorandum of agreement' for 11 A321neo aircraft and will acquire another 14 of the type on lease.
Dublin-based leasing company Accipiter Holdings signed a purchase agreement for 20 Airbus A320neo aircraft. This was a so far undisclosed customer. Engine selection will be made at a later date.
Atlantic Airways (Faroe Islands) signed a 'purchase agreement' for two Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airline will make an engine selection at a later date.
Other A320 Family news from Le Bourget is that AirAsia will convert 253 existing orders for Airbus A320neo aircraft to the larger A321neo version. By this move, AirAsia becomes the biggest A321neo operator. After the upsizing, AirAsia’s Airbus backlog includes 353 A321neos.
Delta signed an order for five additional Airbus A220-100 aircraft. It has now ordered a total of 95 of the former 'CSeries'. (Images: Airbus)