Aircraft leasing company, ILFC has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 100 A320neo family aircraft. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the deal which was announced on last month. The order includes both A320neo and A321neo types.
The A320neo is the new fuel-efficient version of the A320 Family, including large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings, producing 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft per year. In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.
“The new A320neo aircraft will allow ILFC to offer a single-aisle aircraft that provides significant reduction in fuel consumption,” ILFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Henri Courpron stated. “We have already seen significant market interest and are looking forward to seeing the aircraft enter service with our first customers from 2015.”
“We are fully committed to providing our customers with the latest in fuel saving technologies as soon as they become available,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “ILFC is the first major lessor to order the A320neo and these early delivery positions will help secure its leading position in a very competitive single-aisle market.”