Posted on: 20 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
JetBlue Airways and Airbus have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the airline to buy 40 A320neos, with the choice of engine to be announced at a later date.
In addition, the MoU will result in JetBlue converting 30 of its current orders for A320s to A321s featuring the new Sharklet wingtip devices.
JetBlue has long made the A320 family the core of its fleet, starting with the delivery of its very first aircraft in 1999, an Airbus A320, one of 173 it has ordered in total – not including this announcement.
“JetBlue’s very first flight was operated by an A320, and with today’s news, we are further planning our future fleet with Airbus, our longest-standing business partner,” said Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. “This fleet announcement is driven by our successful network strategy, and it also supports our financial goal of sustainable growth while respecting our energy and environmental responsibilities.”