Avianca has confirmed a new fleet order for 88 Airbus A320neo aircraft, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2025. (Avianca)
Avianca, the Bogota, Colombia-based airline, has confirmed an order for 88 A320neos, under a new purchase agreement with Airbus that includes an option to acquire 50 additional aircraft.
Avianca will start receiving its first new A320neos from the order in 2025, gradually incorporating the new aircraft into passenger carrying service over six years.
Rohit Philip, Avianca's Chief Financial Officer, describes the A320neo as the "most advanced single-aisle fleet in terms of efficiency, reliability and comfort. This order highlights that we continue to make the required investments to grow our network in line with our business plan."
Avianca emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in December, and is currently one of the largest airlines in Latin America, with a network of 120 routes, more than 3,200 weekly flights to more than 65 destinations in Colombia, Latin America and Europe. (Avianca)
Every new A320neo will feature an updated cabin configuration, including three types of seats: Premium, Plus and Economy, according to Avianca. Currently, more than 90 A320 planes in Avianca's fleet are being reconfigured and 26 of them already have the new Plus and Economy seats.
The new fleet order for Avianca comes several months after the Colombian carrier emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in December. According to an overview of their restructuring plan, the airline wants to expand its passenger fleet to more than 130 aircraft by the end of 2025.
Avianca also operates Airbus A330s, ATR 72-600s and Boeing 787-8s within its fleet, currently serving 3,200 flights a week to 65 destinations between North America, Latin America and Europe.