Airbus SAS has a new order from aircraft leasing company AWAS, a longstanding customer for 15 A320 jets, specifically 12 A320ceo and three A321ceo jets. Counting the new contract, AWAS’ orders A320 aircraft totals 95 jets, 89 A320s and six A321s.
The OEM did not indicate the value of the new order, nor the delivery date.
The A320 family of short- and medium-range, twin-engine jets includes the A318, A319, A320, and A321 models, and the ACJ business jets. The aircraft are assembled at Airbus plants in Toulose, France, Hamburg, Germany, Tianjin, China, and since April in Mobile, Alabama.
The A320 family is called “the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line” by Airbus. It has had over 12,500 orders for, and more than 7,000 deliveries of, the aircraft, to about 400 customers and operators since the series was introduced in 1987.
AWAS — and acronym for Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services — is one of the world's largest commercial jet leasing companies, based in Dublin and with operations in the U.S. and Singapore as well. It is one of the largest operators of the A320 and A321ceo (current engine option) variants. “AWAS is pleased to continue our long-term relationship with Airbus in reaching this deal for the order of 15 A320ceo family aircraft which will include a mix of both A321 and A320 aircraft,” according to CEO Dave Siegel.
According to Airbus chief operating officer, Customers, John Leahy, the new order “is a clear signal of the continuing strong demand for our modern, fuel-efficient A320 family, which day-in, day-out, delivers profitability to its owners and a great travel experience to the passengers.”