Airbus has reached a memo of understanding with Mexican carrier Viva Aerobus for 90 narrow-body jets, which if fulfilled would put bring the airline’s total orders to 170 aircraft. If the new orders are made firm, they would have a book value of $5.22 billion, though neither Airbus nor its customer offered any insight to the value of their agreement.
Viva Aerobus is a low-cost airline based in Monterrey, serving 58 destinations in Mexico, Latin America, and the U.S. Its current, all-Airbus fleet of 74 aircraft includes A320-200s, A320neos, A321-200s, and A321neos.
Airbus emphasized that Viva Aerobus’ “fleet renewal strategy” is based on the A320 series.
The A321neo is the largest of Airbus’ “new engine option” models, offering carriers a combination of long range, fuel economy, and noise reduction, as well as high passenger volume.
“These 90 A321neo 240-seater aircraft will allow us to grow and renew our fleet and remain the youngest in Latin America,” stated the airline’s CEO, Juan Carlos Zuazua. “The technology and operational efficiency of the A321neos will improve our operational reliability, on-time performance, and provide an unmatched passenger experience.”