VivaAerobus, the Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo. The fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft will support the airline to reduce its environmental footprint, enhance passenger experience and to open more routes.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent, along with an additional range of up to 500 nautical miles.
VivaAerobus has based its fleet renewal strategy on the A320neo Family. In 2013 the airline placed an order for 52 A320 Family aircraft, the largest Airbus aircraft order by a single airline in Mexico at the time. In 2017 the airline committed to the A321neo and signed a firm order for 25 additional aircraft. To date, VivaAerobus operates 37 A320 aircraft, including 19 A320neo.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Airbus and its customers have worked diligently to address the needs of the public during this difficult time. VivaAerobus temporarily configured 10 Airbus A320 passenger aircraft as cargo-exclusive aircraft to support efforts to combat COVID-19 across Mexico and announced a campaign to transport medical professionals free of charge throughout the country.
Airbus employees throughout Latin America have also joined forces to combat COVID-19, by helping produce or procure personal protective equipment in high demand for first responders. In Mexico, the Airbus team produced face shields to donate to volunteer workers of its Armed Forces. In Brazil, Helibras engineers, Airbus’ Brazilian helicopter subsidiary, produced face protection shields using 3D printing technology and donated them to a hospital in Itajuba, where the company is based.
Airbus has sold over 1,050 aircraft, has a backlog of nearly 650 and nearly 700 in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, representing a 59 percent market share of the in-service fleet. Since 1994, Airbus has secured nearly 70 percent of net orders in the region.