Posted on: 14 May 2014 by Mark Howells
VivaAerobus has formally launched its fleet transition to A320 aircraft, after the airline started operating its first three Airbus A320s.
The Mexican low-fare airline will receive an additional two A320s before the end of 2014, all powered by IAE V2500 engines and configured with 180 economy seats, meaning 32 additional seats or a 22% increase in capacity compared with its existing fleet of Boeing 737-300s.
The aircraft will be based in the airline’s Cancun hub and fly to Mexico City, Monterrey, Veracruz, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Reynosa and Torreon. Additionally, the aircraft will operate from Mexico City to Reynosa and from Monterrey to Mazatlan.
By the end of 2016, the airline will have completed its fleet transition and be an all-Airbus operator. In October 2013 VivaAerobus signed a purchase agreement for 52 Airbus A320 family aircraft (40 A320neos and 12 A320ceos), representing the biggest Airbus aircraft order by a single airline in Latin American history.
Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus, noted. “We are also beginning to experience the A320’s excellent fuel and operational efficiencies. We expect to see fuel reductions of up to 30% as compared to our actual model, the 737-300, which will help VivaAerobus reduce its costs even more, translating into lower fares for our passengers.”