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Avianca commits to 100 Airbus A320neos

avianca a320neo

Avianca Holdings, the Latin American airline power that has been studying the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX in advance of a much-anticipated large narrowbody order, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus to order 100 A320neo family aircraft.

Avianca chairman Germán Efromovich told ATW last November that the company was going through the “delicate process” of deciding which re-engined narrowbody aircraft would be at the heart of its future narrowbody fleet. It appears Airbus has won. Avianca already had 33 A320neo family aircraft in its order book and apparently will stick with an all-Airbus narrowbody fleet (it has more than 90 A320ceo family aircraft in its current fleet).

“After a thorough technical evaluation, we selected the A320neo family for its excellent fuel efficiency, reliability and comfort,” Avianca CEO Fabio Villegas Ramirez said in a statement. “These qualities are essential to further our growth and fleet modernization strategy and improve our passenger experience.”

Airbus COO-customers John Leahy said the A320neo is ideal to “renew [Avianca’s] fleet” and will be valuable on “Avianca’s longest, single-aisle routes and [at] high-altitude airports within their network.”

The A320neo program has secured 245 firm orders from seven customers in Latin America, according to Airbus.

In addition to Colombia-based Avianca, Avianca Holdings controls San Salvador-based TACA, Costa Rica’s LACSA, Taca Peru, Guatemala’s Aviateca, Ecuador’s Aerogal, Avianca Brazil and Taca de Honduras.

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