Posted on: 07 March 2019 by Glenn Sands
Wizz Air received its first Airbus A321neo in Hamburg on 7 March. The new generation of Airbus A321neo aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and features the widest single-aisle cabin with 239 seats in a single class configuration and offers the airline maximum flexibility, fuel efficiency and low operating costs.
Wizz Air operates a fleet of 108 Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft across Europe and has placed an order for 256 A321neo and A320neo aircraft, making it the largest Airbus customer worldwide for the type.
The A320neo and its derivative aircraft incorporate the latest technologies, including new generation engines capable of delivering 20 per cent fuel cost savings. The aircraft also offers significant environmental benefits with nearly a 50 per cent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generations of aircraft.
Speaking at the handover ceremony today, József Váradi, Wizz chief executive officer said: “Today we approach the beginning of a new era in Wizz Air’s history. We are proud to welcome our first GTF-powered A321neo aircraft to our growing fleet – the first aircraft from the world’s largest single Airbus order. We are convinced the A321neo will be a game-changer aircraft for Wizz, as we continue to grow at an industry-leading rate and expand our market reach across and beyond Europe.”
Also attending the ceremony was Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney he stated: “We truly appreciate the trust that Wizz Air has placed in our engines, and the strong relationship we have built together since the airline’s inception. We are honoured to celebrate this special milestone and confident that our industry leading technology will provide Wizz Air with fuel savings and environment benefits for many years to come.”