Airbus’ popular A320 Family has become the aircraft of choice for the Asia-Pacific region’s operators, ranging from mainline carriers to low-cost airlines.
Continuing its momentum, this single-aisle product line has received another major endorsement in the region, from VietJetAir – covering both current engine option (CEO) and new engine option (NEO) jetliners – which was announced today at the Singapore Airshow.
The Vietnamese low-cost carrier’s purchase agreement includes seven A321ceo, 14 A320ceo and 42 A320neo versions, along with 30 additional purchase rights and eight more A320 Family aircraft to be leased from third-party lessors. These single-aisle jetliners will expand its current A320 fleet, while further underscoring the A320 Family’s role in Asia, where some 1,700 of these aircraft are currently in-service.
“The A320 Family has been present in Asia since its beginnings as a result of its excellent fuel-efficiency, reliability, comfort and Airbus’ continuous product innovation,” said Jean-François Laval, Airbus’ Senior Vice President for Asian Sales. “This product line has established itself as a workhorse for the region’s carriers, which will continue with the introduction of the NEO and the 15 per cent fuel-burn reduction it offers.”
More than a quarter of all Airbus’ A320 Family orders to date are from the Asia-Pacific, with 2,600 total bookings ranging from full-service airlines in China and India, to the region’s low-cost carriers such as AirAsia, IndiGo, Jetstar, Lion Air and Tigerair – in addition to VietJetAir.
As a result, the A320 Family comprises nearly half of all single-aisle aircraft flying in the Asia-Pacific to date, a figure that is poised to grow as Airbus aircraft won 97 per cent of the region’s new single-aisle business in 2013 and account for nearly 70 per cent of the Asia-Pacific’s future delivery backlog in this segment.