MIAMI — Mexican Low-cost carrier VivaAerobus has taken delivery of its first A320neo, becoming the latest operator of the type and second in Mexico after Volaris.
VivaAerobus became an Airbus customer in 2013, when it placed the biggest order for Airbus in Mexican history for 52 A320 Family aircraft, including 40 A320neo.
Today, VivaAerobus operates 20 A320 aircraft, and has nearly completed its transition to become an all-Airbus operator by year end. This also comes together with the new satellite training operation in Monterrey’s North International Airport, which includes an Airbus A320 simulator under the “Training by Airbus” program.
“The arrival of the A320neo is a historic milestone in the transformation of the new VivaAerobus,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus. “With this first A320neo we are one step closer to reaching our year-end goal of becoming an all-Airbus operator and offering our passengers the youngest aircraft fleet in all of Latin America.”
The aircraft (F-WWDY • MSN 7060) 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.
VivaAerobus has been a pioneer in Mexico’s ’Bus to Air’ business model, which is an initiative to convert bus passengers to air travelers, and the airline has relied on the Airbus A320 for its massive domestic network based in four main cities (Cancun, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey), and its first international service from to Houston, launched in December 2014.
“Mexico’s strong economic growth presents a unique opportunity for airlines such as VivaAerobus to expand their fleets with the industry’s top performing A320neo to improve their efficiency and environmental footprint,” said Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus Latin America and the Caribbean.