Spirit Airlines became the first US carrier to operate the Airbus A320neo when it took delivery of N901NK (c/n 6833) on October 7. Spirit has 55 A320neo Family aircraft on order, five leased from AerCap and 50 ordered directly from the manufacturer. All of the airline’s neos will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines.
Twelve days later Denver-based Frontier Airlines received its first Airbus A320neo, N301FR (c/n 7141). The jet, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, is the first of 80 examples due to join the carrier. “We’re excited to receive our first A320neo,” said Barry Biffle, President and CEO – Frontier Airlines. “The efficiency of the A320neo will help us lower costs even more and pass those savings along to our customers.”
Mexican low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus joined the Airbus A320neo club on October 5, when it took delivery of its first example, XA-VIV (c/n 7060).
Viva Aerobus placed an order for 52 A320 Family aircraft in 2013, including 40 A320neos. The airline’s neos are powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines and configured with the Space-Flex cabin accommodating up to 186 passengers.
“The arrival of the A320neo is a historic milestone in the transformation of the new Viva Aerobus,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus. “With this first A320neo we are one step closer to reaching our year-end goal of becoming an all-Airbus operator and offering our passengers the youngest aircraft fleet in all of Latin America.”
Viva Aerobus currently operates 19 A320ceos and two Boeing 737-300s.
Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus Latin America and the Caribbean, said: “Airbus is proud to support Viva Aerobus evolve into one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic airlines in Mexico. Mexico’s strong economic growth presents a unique opportunity for airlines such as Viva Aerobus to expand their fleets with the industry’s top performing A320neo to improve their efficiency and environmental footprint.”