International Airlines Group (IAG) and Vueling have signed a purchase agreement to buy 62 Airbus A320s – 30 A320ceo and 32 A320neo – plus options for 58 A320 Family aircraft, as part of the airline’s fleet development and modernisation strategy.
Subject to shareholder approval, the deal is part of a wider IAG agreement for a total of up to 220 aircraft. Besides the up to 120 aircraft ordered for Vueling, IAG has signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 100 additional A320neo options that could be used by any airline in the group.
“Clearly we are very pleased to see Vueling and IAG come back for more A320s,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A320 has the widest and tallest cabin of any single aisle aircraft for faster turnaround operations and better passenger comfort – we are more than confident that the A320 will continue meeting the high expectations of our customers.”
Barcelona-based low-cost airline Vueling is part of the IAG group which also comprises British Airways and Iberia. Today Vueling operates an all-Airbus fleet of 70 A320 Family aircraft on domestic and regional routes to Europe, North Africa and the Near East.
The A320 Family has the lowest seat mile costs of any single aisle aircraft and offers a wider cabin than competing single aisle products, enabling wider seats, a wider aisle and more personal space.
To date, over 9,800 A320s have been ordered and more than 5,600 delivered to over 385 customers and operators.