MIAMI — Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier VivaAerobus has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 from an order placed in October 2013 for 52 aircraft (12 A320ceo and 40 A320neo), which at the time was the biggest Airbus aircraft order by a single airline in Latin American history, recently surpassed by Avianca.
Although the airline is currently operating a mixed fleet of six leased A320s—received in March 2014—and 19 aging Boeing 737-300, these are going to be phased out as more A320s join the fleet. It is expected that this transition to an all-Airbus operation will be completed in early 2016, 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.
“Our new fleet of A320s will enable VivaAerobus to continue enhancing our operational efficiencies by lowering our costs and fares for our passengers, while offering a significant upgrade with the A320 cabin comfort,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus. “We couldn’t be more pleased to integrate this new aircraft into our growing Airbus fleet and we look forward to expanding our network and allowing even more passengers to fly for the very first time.”
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 last year.
To date, the A320neo program has 345 firm orders from six customers in Latin America. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500. In the last 10 years, Airbus has three folded its in-service fleet in Latin America, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating thereby.