Airbus has announced that Aegean Airlines, Greece’s biggest carrier, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with them to purchase 30 A320neo family aircraft, comprising 20 A320neos and 10 A321neos. It went on to say the airline will also acquire a significant number of new A320neo family aircraft from leasing companies. Aegean currently operates a fleet of 46 Airbus aircraft (37 A320s, 8 A321s and 1 A319).
Eftichios Vassilakis, Vice-Chairman of Aegean Airlines stated: “Aegean’s decision to select the latest generation Airbus A320neo family follows an intense and exhaustive evaluation to determine the best aircraft for Aegean’s growth and long-term success. These aircraft will be key for us to pursue our mission of providing services of high standards for our passengers on short and medium haul services.”
The A320neo family incorporates the latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. Airbus has now received around 6,000 orders from nearly 100 customers.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 family and seats between 185 and 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo can fly up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometres) non-stop.