Commitment Includes 33 A320neo Aircraft

June 22, 2011 — Recently-merged AviancaTaca, which includes subsidiary AeroGal of Ecuador, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 51 A320 Family aircraft, including 33 eco-efficient A320neo. Once firm, the order will be the largest order for A320neo in the region and also the biggest from a single airline in the history of Airbus in Latin America.

The new aircraft will support AviancaTaca’s expansion into new markets in Latin America, while keeping the airline’s fleet among the youngest in the region.

“Since 1998, we have relied on the A320 Family’s economic benefits, customer appeal and proven reliability. Adding the A320neo to our fleet enhances AviancaTaca’s fuel efficiency and range capabilities,” said Fabio Villegas, President and CEO of AviancaTaca. “Today’s historic commitment reinforces our ongoing strategy to provide our customers with the most modern, efficient and environmental friendly services in the region.”

With combined orders of 135 aircraft, AviancaTaca operates a total of 85 Airbus aircraft, including 78 A320 Family and seven A330 aircraft. Today, AviancaTaca has a backlog of 40 Airbus aircraft. AviancaTaca operates the entire A320 Family of aircraft (A318, A319, A320 and A321).

“The A320neo will lift AviancaTaca to new levels of savings and efficiency,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “We are very proud that AviancaTaca continues to rely on Airbus to lower their operating costs and to modernize their fleet.”

The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new more efficient engines and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. This will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft per year. In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.

The A320 Family’s recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. The aircraft features the latest technology available today, the widest and most comfortable cabin, and the highest degree of operational commonality. With 99.7% reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has also the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft today.

The A320 Family has exceeded 7,000 firm orders, reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. To date more than 4,700 have been delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.

Leasing company sees surge in demand for larger aircraft models
June, 22, 2011 — ALAFCO, the Kuwait-based international Aviation Lease and Finance Company, has signed an agreement for six more Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. This repeat order brings ALAFCO’s total order for the A350-900 to 18 aircraft. The deal was signed at the 49th Paris airshow in Le Bourget.

ALAFCO placed its first order for the A350 XWB in 2007 when it ordered 12 A350-800s. these were later upsized to the larger A350-900 in 2010. The A350-900 typically has a capacity of around 40 more seats than the A350-800.

“This order reflects a strong recovery in long haul traffic demand from our customer airlines. The A350’s position as the most fuel efficient aircraft in its class is a great asset in our aircraft portfolio,” said Ahmad Al Zabin, ALAFCO’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“This order echoes the market demand for larger more fuel efficient long haul aircraft. We are delighted that ALAFCO has selected our A350-900 as the reference aircraft for their long haul leasing business. To get a repeat order from a lessor, is a great vote of confidence in the A350 XWB,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers.

The A350 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) Family is Airbus’ response to widespread market demand for a series of highly efficient medium-capacity long-range wide-body aircraft. With a range of up to 8,500 nm / 15,600 km, it is available in three basic passenger versions: the A350-800 accommodating 270 passengers, the A350-900 seating 314 and the A350-1000 for 350 passengers in a typical three-class layout.

The A350 XWB has the widest fuselage in its category, offering unprecedented levels of comfort, the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile cost of any aircraft in this market segment. With power supplied by two new generation Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 XWB Family is designed to confront the challenges of volatile fuel prices, rising passenger expectations and environmental concerns. Orders for the aircraft stand at more than 574 from over 36 customers.