Thomas Cook Group has signed a firm order for 12 A321, as a first step of its single aisle fleet harmonisation and renewal plan which is based on the A320 Family. The aircraft will be fitted with the latest fuel saving wing-tip devices, known as Sharklets.
In addition to the firm order, Thomas Cook Group plans to lease A320 Family aircraft from operating lessors.
“In selecting the Airbus A320 family for our fleet modernisation, we have identified significant operational savings, particularly from maintenance and improved fuel efficiency. The A321 with Sharklets more than fully meets our expectations for range and economics,” said a Thomas Cook Group spokesman.
“The A321 with Sharklets offers a leap in operational and environmental performance alongside the widest, most comfortable cabin in its market,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are delighted that Thomas Cook has selected the A320 family for boosting flexibility and efficiency within their fleet and we look forward to developing our relationship further.”
Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world's leading leisure travel groups, operating under five geographic segments and in 21 countries.
Sharklets are large wing-tip devices that will enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 Family. They are expected to result in at least 3.5 percent reduced fuel burn over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual reduction of around 700 metric tons of carbon dioxide per aircraft. This latest development is part of a larger, continuous-update program for the A320 Family.
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. With close to 7,000 aircraft sold, and more than 4,500 aircraft delivered to over 320 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.