New York-based low-fare carrier JetBlue Airways has ordered 30 new Airbus
A320s. The new aircraft will be powered by
International Aero Engines V2500s. Deliveries of the newly contracted aircraft will
begin in 2006 and run through 2011.
"As the sixth largest A320 operator in the world as measured by weekly
departures, we're very excited to add an additional 30 Airbus aircraft to our fleet,"
said David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue Airways. "We continue to see a strong
demand for more flights from our loyal customer base. Today's announcement of
30 more IAE-powered A320s will help us meet that demand by providing the
JetBlue experience to even more customers around the country."
"This agreement will make JetBlue our fourth largest airline customer in the world,
in terms of numbers of aircraft ordered," said Noel Forgeard, Airbus President and
Chief Executive Officer. "The fact that a low-fare carrier holds this stature speaks
volumes of the value of the A320 Family in the low-cost sector. JetBlue continues
to be a leader in the recovery and strengthening of the U.S. market, and we are
proud to be a partner in their success."
JetBlue A320s offer passengers single-class accommodations of 156 all-leather
seats, each equipped with 24 channels of DIRECTV programming.