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22 June 2011
22. June 2011 Commercial Aircraft

AviancaTaca to increase fleet with 51 A320 Family aircraft


Commitment includes 33 A320neo aircraft

Recently-merged AviancaTaca, which includes subsidiary AeroGal of Ecuador, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 51 A320 Family aircraft, including 33 eco-efficient A320neo. Once firm, the order will be the largest order for A320neo in the region and also the biggest from a single airline in the history of Airbus in Latin America. 
The new aircraft will support AviancaTaca’s expansion into new markets in Latin America, while keeping the airline’s fleet among the youngest in the region. 
“Since 1998, we have relied on the A320 Family’s economic benefits, customer appeal and proven reliability. Adding the A320neo to our fleet enhances AviancaTaca’s fuel efficiency and range capabilities,” said Fabio Villegas, President and CEO of AviancaTaca. “Today’s historic commitment reinforces our ongoing strategy to provide our customers with the most modern, efficient and environmental friendly services in the region.” 
With combined orders of 135 aircraft, AviancaTaca operates a total of 85 Airbus aircraft, including 78 A320 Family and seven A330 aircraft. Today, AviancaTaca has a backlog of 40 Airbus aircraft. AviancaTaca operates the entire A320 Family of aircraft (A318, A319, A320 and A321). 
“The A320neo will lift AviancaTaca to new levels of savings and efficiency,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “We are very proud that AviancaTaca continues to rely on Airbus to lower their operating costs and to modernize their fleet.”
The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new more efficient engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. This will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft per year. In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.
The A320 Family’s recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. The aircraft features the latest technology available today, the widest and most comfortable cabin, and the highest degree of operational commonality. With 99.7% reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has also the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft today. 
The A320 Family has exceeded 7,000 firm orders, reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. To date more than 4,700 have been delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.
The Airbus fleet operating in Latin America has doubled in the last five years. With more 550 aircraft sold and a record backlog of more than 250 aircraft to be delivered to its Latin American customers, today nearly 400 Airbus aircraft are flying with Latin American airlines. This represents more than 60 percent of the fleet delivered in the region. 

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