MIAMI — Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has ordered 63 Airbus A320neos that will be used to expand flights within Brazil. Within the order, 35 A320s will be bought by Azul, 20 leased by AerCap, and 8 leased by GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, will be delivered between 2016 and 2023.
In a statement, Azul said it will use the A320neo to increase its supply of seats on routes of long distances and high demand of customers. With around 170 seats planned onboard, the the aircraft will have around 50 more seats that Azul’s largest fleet type, the Embraer 195, and up to nine more seats than the A320neo.
“The A320neo will be a perfect addition to our fleet of Embraer and ATR jets. The A320neo consume up to 20% less fuel per seat kilometer over the current model, said ” Azul founder and CEO David Neeleman. “We evaluated the Boeing aircraft, which has options in the same category, but we chose the Airbus for comfort and lower operating costs, allowing us to offer even more competitive rates on long-haul routes.”
The aircraft will complement Azul’s fleet of three Embraer E175, twenty-two E190s, fifty-seven E195s, eight ATR-42s, fifty-two ATR-72s and four A330-200s. The carrier is also a launch customer for the Embraer 195-E2s, with thirty aircraft on order. However it is unclear if Azul still intends on taking delivery of these aircraft after the A320neo order.