MIAMI – Icelandic low-cost carrier, WOW Air (WW/WOW), added its first Airbus A320neo to the Toronto route on May 6, 2017. This is the first of the new variant of the Airbus A320, featuring the ‘New Engine Option’, to visit Toronto.
The low-fare airline took delivery of its first A320neo (TF-MAX • MSN 7560) on a lease from Air Lease Corporation.
WOW Air has ordered five A320neo as as part of its fleet expansion plan, which will see a goal of a 24 aircraft fleet by 2020.
Appropriately registered TF-NEO (c/n 7560), WOW’s first A320neo was delivered on April 26 2017. It is configured in a single-class cabin layout with 180 seats. WOW operates an exclusively Airbus fleet of A320s (3), A321s (8) and A330-300s (3), currently totaling 14 aircraft.
The WOW A320/A321neos are equipped with CFM LEAP engines. WOW is slated to receive its first of four A321neos in the next few weeks as part of a direct 2016 orders with Airbus. Also, the carrier is including four A330-900s on order, which will be leased from CIT Aerospace.
The airline’s route network includes 29 international services throughout Europe and North America, with planned expansion to North America underway. Scheduled service to Chicago will commence on July 13, 2017, and WOW is increasing its frequencies to Toronto and Montreal, Canada in May.
The new generation of the top-selling Airbus A320 can be powered by two different engine types. The most revolutionary is the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engine, the other is the CFM LEAP-1A.
Features of the neo family include significantly lower fuel burn, up to 15% according to Airbus. This is largely due to the new engines, but the new ‘sharklet’ style winglets also reduce drag and enhance fuel saving capabilities.
Advantages over the legacy A320ceo (Current Engine Option) include an additional two tons of payload, 500 miles of additional range, lower operating costs, almost 50% reduction in engine noise, and NOx emissions.
Other neo features include touch screen cockpit displays, LED cabin lighting, increased baggage capability, and increased seating capacity due to galley redesign; 165 passengers in two-class configuration or up to 189 in a high-density configuration.
The first flight of the A320neo prototype took place on 25 September 2014, and it first entered service with Lufthansa on January 25, 2016. As of April 30, 2017, 104 A320neos have been delivered, in service with 24 airlines, with many more waiting in the wings.
The first A321neo delivered was to Virgin America on April 21st, 2017, in Hamburg. A320neo production is underway in France, Germany and, the newest Airbus final assembly line, in the United States at Mobile, Alabama which opened in 2015. Airbus has orders totaling over 5000 for the A320neo family aircraft.