ABC Aerolíneas of Mexico today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the acquisition of ten new A320s plus ten options, becoming a new Airbus customer. Deliveries of the newly ordered A320s will begin in the second quarter of 2007. The engine manufacturer has not yet been selected.
ABC will launch its new air transport service under the INTERJET commercial brand.
Interjet is based at Toluca airport, next to Mexico City and will start scheduled services in early December 2005. Interjet?s initial fleet consists of seven A320s recently acquired in Europe by the company.
?The A320 is the reference on the low cost market. It offers us the ideal combination of the lowest operating costs and the highest level of passenger comfort, security and operational reliability? said Miguel Alemán, CEO and President of Interjet, ?Interjet will introduce the low-fares air transport services concept in the Mexican industry whilst preserving the highest standards of service quality and security for business travellers on dense high-yield domestic routes in Mexico.
?We understand the unique opportunity that the Mexican market represents for new efficient operators such as Interjet, said Noël Forgeard, CEO and President of Airbus, ?We are convinced that the A320 is the right choice for the highly competitive low-cost global industry?. ?We wish the very best to Interjet investors, Management and staff.
The A320 Family, recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family, also includes the A318, the A319 and A321 versions and features the newest and most modern design of any single-aisle airliner, with a passenger pleasing cabin that is popular with travellers ? as independent surveys demonstrate. An advanced fuel-saving aerodynamic design, including wingtip fences, centralised maintenance with extended servicing intervals, and proven reliability in day-to-day service help to give it the lowest running costs.
More than 3500 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been ordered to date of which more than 2450 have been delivered. The Airbus A320 Family has more than 190 customers and operators to its credit.
A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE Systems.