commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, has signed a firm order for
twelve Airbus A330neos and 20 long-range single-aisle A321XLRs.
The agreement for the A321XLR includes an order for 13 new planes
and the upsizing of seven A321s in its existing backlog.
The latest order takes the total number of A330 Family aircraft
ordered by GECAS to 45 and all variants of the A320 Family to 588.
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial
Officer, said, “Having one of the world’s most respected and influential lessors invest in the A321XLR and the A330neo, speaks
volumes on their global appeal, versatility and solid value as an
asset. Airbus thanks GECAS on its wise investment and endorsement
of the A330neo.”
There are two versions of the A330neo, the A330-800 and A330-900,
and they share 99 percent commonality. The new aircraft, powered
by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines, increases range by up to 1,500 nm
compared to the majority of A330s in operation.
The A321XLR, powered by CFM International
Leap-1A or Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines, will launch in 2023
with a range of up to 4,700 nm, compared to the A321LR which has a
range of 4,000 nm.