Wizz Air, a low cost carrier serving Eastern and Central Europe, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft with deliveries to start in 2019. The deal, signed at the 51st Le Bourget International Paris Air Show, pushes NEO orders and commitments beyond 4,000. Significantly the order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration with 239 seats in 18 inch comfort standard.
Currently Wizz Air operates 61 aircraft on one of Central and Eastern Europe’s most extensive networks with over 380 routes from 22 bases.
“Thanks to our rapidly growing A320 fleet, we’ve become one of Europe’s leading carriers,” said Jozsef Varadi, CEO of Wizz Air. “The A321neo is clearly the leading single aisle aircraft and the best platform regarding operating economics to support our ambitious growth plans.”
Varadi added, “We looked at different options for this order but Airbus came in with the best overall mix of aircraft, cost efficiency, support and price, so it made sense for us to continue our long relationship with them as we continue to expand our market reach across and beyond Europe.”
“We are thrilled by this new order,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The success of Wizz Air with its all Airbus fleet is a great endorsement of the A321’s unmatched efficiency. Its unbeatable economics combined with its compelling passenger appeal will deliver Wizz Air even better financial returns on their investment.”
Wizz Air has taken delivery of 61 Airbus A320 aircraft from an order total of 112 that includes 27 high density A321s that will begin delivery in November. Deliveries of the remaining 41 aircraft which will remain on order, following the cancellation of 10 aircraft as part of the new order, will continue through mid-2018.