The first-ever Airbus A321neo (new engine options) has been delivered, Airbus said. Virgin America, which operates Airbus aircraft exclusively, received an aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines during a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
“Increased operational efficiency, productivity, and state-of-the-art technology — this winning combination makes the A321neo an attractive investment for leasing companies like GECAS who are committed to meeting customers’ operational needs while providing the latest technology and a solid return on investment,” said Alec Burger, President and CEO at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), which acted as the lessor. “The low operating costs and reliability of the LEAP-powered A320neo Family make it a strong asset in GECAS’ portfolio.”
Virgin America’s new aircraft would be the largest in its fleet with 185 seats. Its cabin features three classes, touch-screen personal entertainment, an on-demand food and cocktail menu, and power outlets at every seat. Virgin America could have it in service at the end of May, with its inaugural flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).