Mexican carrier Volaris has received its maiden Airbus A320neo, making it the first North American airline to operate the latest generation jet.
The aircraft, N528VL (c/n 7051), is one of ten A320neos Volaris is leasing via AerCap, along with six A321neos. The airline has 30 neos on order in total.
“The arrival of the A320neo symbolizes an important step in our ambitious ultra low-cost strategy,” said Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris. “We are delighted to be the first to bring this new technology to passengers in North America.”
Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus Latin America and the Caribbean, added: “Mexico’s strong economic growth presents a key opportunity for the country’s top airlines such as Volaris to expand and remain environmentally efficient, and the A320neo will be exceptional in achieving this for Volaris.”
AerCap President and Chief Commercial Officer Philip Scruggs congratulated the airline on the arrival of its new jet. “We are delighted to deliver our first A320neo aircraft on lease to longstanding customer, Volaris and particularly pleased to be the first to deliver the aircraft type to a carrier in North America,” he said. “The A320neo aircraft is one of the most in-demand single aisle aircraft in the world, incorporating the latest technologies and the most fuel efficient engines. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with our friends and partners at Volaris as the airline continues to expand its presence on the continent.”
Volaris’ A320neos are powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines and are configured to seat up to 186 passengers with 18in-wide seats.