Posted on: 27 October 2011 by Mark Howells
JetBlue Airways has signed the firm order for 40 A320neo aircraft originally announced during the Paris Air Show in June this year.
The airline has not yet announced its engine selection from the CFM LEAP-X1A and the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM for these aircraft. Its current fleet of A320s uses IAE V2500 engines.
The contract also includes JetBlue’s decision to convert 30 of its pre-existing orders for A320s to the larger A321 complete with the new Sharklet wingtip devices. JetBlue’s orders with Airbus currently comprise 40 A320neos, 30 A321s and 22 A320s.
“We commenced operations with Airbus aircraft nearly 12 years ago, and have since used the A320 family as the backbone of our fleet, receiving great feedback from our customers and crewmembers,” noted Mark Powers, chief financial officer of JetBlue Airways. “Our business model is focused on a sustainable growth strategy with emphasis on cost control, while providing the most comfortable experience to our customers. We believe the A320neo fleet with help us meet these goals.”