Posted on: 16 December 2015 by Mark Howells
Virgin America has signed an agreement to lease 10 new Airbus A321neo aircraft powered by CFM’s LEAP-1A engines from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2017 and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2018. All 10 aircraft are part of GECAS’ existing orderbook with Airbus.
“As Virgin America continues to grow its network, there’s no question the Airbus A321neo is the right aircraft for us, and we were pleased to work with GECAS to make today possible,” noted Virgin America’s president and CEO, David Cush. “Not only will these aircraft allow us to further reduce our unit costs and improve our revenue position, they demonstrate our continued commitment to reducing carbon emissions and creating an even more sustainable airline.”
Norman Liu, president and CEO of GECAS, declared, “We have been a partner with Virgin America since their founding and we’re thrilled they turned to GECAS to help them expand their fleet with new, more efficient aircraft under lease.”