LONDON – Wizz Air has taken delivery of its first A321neo, which the airline says will be a game changer.
The new aircraft is powered by the Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and is configured in a single class with 239 seats onboard.
Wizz Air operates a fleet of 108 Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft, and has a gigantic order for five A321ceo, 256 A321neo, and A320neo aircraft, making the low-cost carrier one of the largest single aisle Airbus customers in the world.
József Váradi, Wizz Air CEO, speaking at the handover ceremony at Airbus’ Hamburg facility said, “Today we approach a beginning of a new era in Wizz Air’s history. We are proud to welcome our first GTF-powered A321neo aircraft to our growing fleet – the first aircraft from the world’s largest single Airbus order.”
Váradi admitted that he and his team are convinced that the A321neo “will be game-changer, as we continue to grow at an industry-leading rate and expand our market reach across and beyond Europe.”
“This next-step technology aircraft will enable us to become one of the greenest airlines while lowering our operating costs in the current macroeconomic environment, as we remain the lowest fare and lowest unit cost producer in Europe,” he said.
The A321neo now offers the airline not just increased range, but also a 50% better noise reduction than previous versions of the aircraft. Since entering into service in 2016, the plane has shown that, alongside the Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, promises of reducing fuel burn by 16% in flights and a drop in emissions by 50%.
Christian Scherer, Airbus CCO saluted Wizz Air, “our largest A321neo customer, for taking delivery of its first aircraft today. We’re proud to see our cost- and fuel-efficient A321neo so fundamental in accomplishing Wizz Air’s growth strategy,” he said.
The airline did not confirm if the new aircraft be used to launch new routes to destinations further away, but it is clear to see that with the focus on airlines now to reduce their carbon footprints, Wizz Air is one of the first carriers to take the steps required to ensuring that outcome.