Announced during the Paris Air Show 2023, the Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier Volaris has increased its narrowbody order with Airbus by adding 25 new aircraft and getting its total to 140 A320neo.
Adding to the order
Volaris continues to invest in the future. On Tuesday, the Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier announced 25 additional A321neo aircraft as part of the purchase agreement signed with Airbus in October 2022. This brings the order backlog from Airbus to 143 A320neo family aircraft, all powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.
“These aircraft will support the company’s long-term business viability, as well as our sustainability strategy, while bringing us closer to operating a fully NEO fleet by 2028. The 143 aircraft to be delivered demonstrate the airline’s financial strength and guarantee its growth in the Mexican market, as well as in air traffic to the United States and Central America,” said Enrique Beltranena, Volaris President and CEO, during Air Show 2023 in Paris.
“The A321neo’s performance and efficiency continue to drive Volaris’ growth and have positioned the airline in the right place to meet future demand,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Leader at Airbus International.
Since its start of operations in 2006, Volaris has operated exclusively Airbus aircraft and, to date, has ordered 206 aircraft, including more than 170 A320neo Family aircraft. Volaris is the largest A320neo Family operator in Latin America with 123 aircraft, of which 50 are A320neo and 17 A321neo.
Volaris select the Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power an additional 64 A321neo
Additionally, Pratt & Whitney and Volaris announced this week that the airline has selected GTF engines to power an additional 64 A321neo aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will also provide Volaris with engine maintenance through an EngineWise Maintenance long-term agreement. This brings Volaris’ total commitment to 217 GTF-powered purchased and leased aircraft, including the airline’s previous selection of GTF engines for 153 A320neo family aircraft.
Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney, and Enrique Beltranena signed the deal for GTF engines to power an additional 64 A321neo aircraft during the Paris Air Show.
“The additional GTF-powered A321neo aircraft will drive our growth while being mindful of our environmental footprint,” said Enrique Beltranena. “This engine-and-aircraft combination means we’ll be able to fly even more passengers farther – with some of the lowest costs, fuel consumption, and emissions per seat in the Americas.”
Finally, Rick Deurloo said that as a leading low-cost carrier with a strong focus on sustainability, Volaris knows how important low fuel consumption and emissions are to its business model and environmental leadership. “Volaris’ selection of the GTF engine for this follow-on order is a testament to the value the engine is already delivering today, and we look forward to powering the airline’s expansion in the years to come.”
Daniel Martínez Garbuno is a Mexican journalist. He has specialized in the air industry working mainly for A21, a Mexican media outlet focused entirely on the aviation world. He has also published on other sites like Simple Flying, Roads & Kingdoms, Proceso, El Economista, Buzos de la Noticia, Contenido, and Notimex.