Air Lease Corporation (ALC), the Los
Angeles-based aircraft leasing company signed a Memorandum of
Understanding at the 49th Le Bourget Airshow for 50 A320neo Family
aircraft including 14 options.
ALC also announced orders for the
acquisition of eleven A330 Family aircraft and one A321.
“This new order enables ALC to continue to offer
its customers the most fuel efficient aircraft in the short and
medium to long haul segments. The A320neo Family represents the
industry’s new single-aisle benchmark and we look forward to
seeing our customers benefitting from the cost savings it promises
to deliver,” said Steven Udvar-Hazy, ALC’s CEO. “The A330 Family
offers excellent economics in the mid-size widebody category today
making it the ideal aircraft, right now and therefore an absolute
must for the growth of ALCs portfolio.”
The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320
Family entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest
generation engines and large
Sharklet wing tip devices, which
together will deliver 15% in fuel savings. This reduction
in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4m litres of fuel – the
consumption of 1,000 mid size cars. This saves 3,600 tonnes of C02
per aircraft per year, the amount of C02 absorbed by 240,000
mature trees. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6 and
this aircraft also has considerably smaller noise footprint.
ALC has previously ordered a total of 51 A320 Family aircraft
(30 A320s, 21 A321s) from Airbus of which four A320s have been
delivered. With this new order, ALC’s cumulative orders and
commitments for new Airbus aircraft will reach almost 100 (52 A320
Family, 36 A320neo Family and eleven A330 Family aircraft).
The Paris Air Show is being held this week at Le
Bourget near the French capital, Paris.
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