Tunisia’s Syphax Orders the A320neo and A320ceo

A320neo_SYA_Syphax Airlines, a new Tunisian based airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy three A320neo airliners.  The order is the first time an African-based carrier has ordered the NEO and Airbus says it marks a significant breakthrough for the manufacturer in one of the world’s fastest developing markets.  Syphax has also ordered three A320ceo aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CFM engines.
Syphax Chairman and Director General, Mohamed Frikha, said: “Syphax Airlines is focused on continuing to grow its Tunisian, North Africa and Europe routes, and an expansion of its network to Asia and North America, through its hubs in Tunis and Sfax while offering passengers a luxurious service.  Adding the A320neo to our fleet means we can achieve all of these goals while benefitting from a 15% fuel saving and cost effectiveness.”
The airline already operates two A319 and three A320 aircraft and will shortly commence operating a leased A330-200.
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% in fuel savings.  At the end of May 2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2,125 from 40 customers.