MIAMI — Colombian carrier Avianca has placed yet another order with Airbus, this time for 100 A320neo airframes. This is in addition to a 2012 order for 51 A320s, of which 33 were for the re-engined A320neo. With this new order, the Colombian carrier now has an order book of nearly 200 Airbus aircraft in addition to the approximately 130 already in operation at the carrier and its six subsidiaries.
The A320neo has proven to be a very popular successor to the venerable aircraft family, even before deliveries have begun. Firm orders for the new family have already exceed 3,600 from 70 customers. Of those orders, 245 are destined for seven carriers in Latin America, with Avianca being the region’s largest customer by far. Most of these orders are for the standard sized A320neo.
Avianca already operates a number of Airbus aircraft. They are one of only four carriers to operate the smallest Airbus aircraft, the A318, and they are one of only three to operate all four members of the A320 family (along with Air France and British Airways). Avianca also operates the A330 and has orders for the A350.
The increasing number of Airbus deliveries has allowed the carrier to retire a number of older aircraft types, including the Boeing 757 and 767, the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 and the Fokker 100. By contrast, Avianca currently operates only one Boeing aircraft, the 787-8, where the first of 15 of the type entered the fleet in December. The fleet also includes the ATR 42 and 72, Cessna 208, and Embraer 190.