MIAMI — Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC) Volaris has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, making the carrier the first operator in North America of the type.

The aircraft (D-AUBZ • MSN 7051) is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines, and it is configured to seat up to 186 passengers in 18”-wide seats. The jetliner is equipped with the Space-flex cabin, which offers the possibility to free up space for additional seats on A320 Family aircraft.

“The arrival of the A320neo symbolizes an important step in our ambitious ultra low-cost strategy,” said Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris. “Volaris is delighted to be the first to bring this new technology to passengers in North America.”

Back in 2012, Volaris placed an order for 30 A320neo and 14 A320ceo. The order was the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by a Mexican airline at that time.

Tijuana-based Volaris is an all-Airbus operator and it’s the second largest Mexican carrier after Aeromexico, and it happens to be the biggest A320 family operator with 63 aircraft in service (17 A319s, 42 A320 ceos and four A321s.)

Volaris becomes the seventh A320neo operator after Lufthansa (4), India’s IndiGo (6), and GoAir (2), Turkey’s Pegasus (3), LATAM Airlines (1) and AirAsia (1).