Except for the bumper order from Indigo for 500 A320neo family aircraft, Airbus racked up two more orders on the first day of the Paris Airshow. They were only announced in press releases, although there were behind-the-scenes ceremonies in the Airbus chalet. flynas and Air Mauritius order more Airbus aircraft.
Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier flynas placed an order for thirty A320neo family aircraft. They are part of the airline’s growth strategy that sees the fleet expand to 250 aircraft by 2030, in line with the country’s Vision 2030.
Airbus says the latest order brings the number of A320neo family aircraft ordered by flynas to 120, including ten A321XLRs. The carrier has aircraft on direct order but also secured sale and leasebacks with Saudi lessor Avilease. It currently operates 32 A320neo’s, thirteen A320ceo’s, and four A330-300s. The press release doesn’t say when flynas will take delivery of the aircraft.
Air Mauritius A350 order
Also away from the photographers and journalists was the signing of the order from Air Mauritius for three A350-900s, which will be an addition to the four aircraft already in the fleet. “The additional A350-900 aircraft will help us strengthen our European network and secure further growth in other markets. We are looking forward to achieving our ambition objectives together with Airbus,” CEO Kresimir Kucko said in a media statement.
Deliveries of the A350s are expected between Q4 2025 and Q3 2026.
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