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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

VivaAerobus A320s Take Off

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[Aviation Today May 14, 2014] Mexican airline VivaAerobus has begun its fleet transition to Airbus A320 aircraft, after beginning operations with its first three A320s in April.  

VivaAerobus A320. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.

The low cost Mexico City-based carrier is looking to use the A320s to expand its network service to several new destinations, including Reynosa and Mazatlan. According to Airbus, the aircraft's 180-seat configuration will give VivaAerobus a 22 percent increase in capacity compared to its existing fleet of 737s. 
"We expect to see fuel reductions of up to 30 percent as compared to our actual model, the 737-300, which will help VivaAerobus reduce its costs even more, translating into lower fares for our passengers,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus.

In October 2013, VivaAerobus completed the biggest Airbus aircraft order by a Latin American carrier ever, purchasing 40 A320neo and 12 A320ceo aircraft. By the end of 2016 the airline will completely replace all 737s, becoming an all-Airbus operator. 

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