AEROGAL, Ecuador’s leading airline, has unveiled their new Airbus A320-200 at a ceremony in Quito, Ecuador. The new Airbus aircraft, the first of three to be delivered in 2010, marks the start of AEROGAL’s fleet renewal program.
The aircraft seats 150 passengers in a comfortable two-class configuration and will be operated on domestic and international routes. Based in Quito, AEROGAL flies more than 100,000 passengers per month to many of Ecuador’s top destinations, including Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos, Cuenca and Manta, as well as to Bogota and New York.
“For AEROGAL, the arrival of our first A320 marks a new era in Ecuadorian aviation,” said Gabriela Sommerfeld, President of AEROGAL. “We are convinced that these new and modern aircraft, arriving direct from the assembly line, will help AEROGAL grow and expand its brand internationally.”
“We are proud to welcome AEROGAL to the Airbus family,” said John Leahy Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, “The A320s will bring superior economics and performance, more comfortable cabin space and incredible dispatch reliability to the AEROGAL fleet.”
In Latin America, Airbus has sold more than 500 aircraft and has a backlog of over 200. More than 370 Airbus aircraft are flying with 23 Latin American operators, representing over 40 percent of the fleet in service in the region.
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. With over 6,600 aircraft sold, and more than 4,300 aircraft delivered to some 310 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. With 99.7 per cent reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.
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, Japan and Middle East.