Viva Aerobus, the renowned ultra-low-cost airline based in Mexico, has recently announced the signing of a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the purchase of 90 A321neo aircraft. This strategic move aims to support the airline’s rapid growth in both the domestic and international markets. The MoU, when finalized, will bring Viva Aerobus’ order book to a total of 170 A320 Family aircraft, solidifying the airline’s position as a major player in the industry.
Juan Carlos Zuazua, Chief Executive Officer of Viva Aerobus, expressed his excitement about this milestone agreement, stating, “These 90 A321neo 240-seater aircraft will allow us to grow and renew our fleet and remain the youngest in Latin America. The technology and operational efficiency of the A321neos will improve our operational reliability, on-time performance, and provide an unmatched passenger experience.”
One of the key advantages for Viva Aerobus with this fleet expansion is the expected cost savings, which will be reflected in lower airfares. This move strengthens the airline’s reputation for offering the lowest costs in the Americas, making air travel more accessible to a broader range of passengers. Furthermore, the fuel efficiency and noise reduction features of the A321neo will contribute to Viva Aerobus’ sustainability efforts by delivering immediate and tangible carbon emission reductions. This will further enhance the airline’s position as the most efficient carrier on the continent.
Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, highlighted the airline’s growth trajectory and the significant role played by the A321neo in the Mexican leisure market. Scherer stated, “The unbeatable economics of the A321neo make it the perfect choice for the airline’s ultra-low-cost model. We are pleased to have been a partner with the airline since 2013 and look forward to working together as it continues to expand its reach.”
The A321neo, which belongs to the A320neo Family, stands as the largest aircraft in Airbus’ single-aisle lineup, offering unparalleled range and performance capabilities. By integrating new-generation engines and Sharklets, the A321neo brings a remarkable 50 percent noise reduction and more than 20 percent fuel savings compared to previous generation single-aisle aircraft. In addition to the impressive efficiency, the aircraft provides a spacious single-aisle cabin with ample overhead stowage space, maximizing passenger comfort.
Viva Aerobus has strategically based its fleet renewal strategy on the A320 Family, demonstrating a long-standing relationship with Airbus. Back in 2013, the airline placed a significant order for 52 A320 Family aircraft, marking the largest Airbus aircraft order ever placed by a single Mexican airline at that time. In 2018, Viva Aerobus extended its commitment by ordering 25 A321neo aircraft. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 74 A320 Family aircraft, which this new order will considerably bolster.
The Latin American and Caribbean markets have proven to be crucial for Airbus, as the company has successfully sold over 1,150 aircraft in the region. With more than 750 Airbus aircraft currently in operation throughout the area,the company holds a market share of nearly 60% of in-service passenger aircraft. Additionally, Airbus has a robust order backlog of 500 aircraft, further reinforcing its dominance in the region. Since 1994, Airbus has secured an impressive 75% of net orders in Latin America, cementing its position as the preferred choice for airlines in the region.
The partnership between Viva Aerobus and Airbus not only signifies a significant fleet expansion but also highlights the shared commitment to operational excellence, passenger satisfaction, and environmental sustainability. The acquisition of 90 A321neo aircraft will enable Viva Aerobus to continue its growth trajectory while maintaining its competitive edge as the youngest fleet in Latin America. The advanced technology and operational efficiency of the A321neo will enhance the airline’s performance, allowing for improved reliability and on-time performance.
Moreover, the passenger experience will be elevated with the A321neo’s spacious cabin and enhanced onboard amenities. Passengers can expect a comfortable and enjoyable journey with the widest single-aisle cabin in the market, providing ample space and convenience. The collaboration with Airbus aligns with Viva Aerobus’ mission to provide an unmatched travel experience to its customers.
The environmental benefits of the A321neo cannot be overstated. With its superior fuel efficiency and noise reduction features, the aircraft contributes to Viva Aerobus’ sustainability efforts by reducing carbon emissions. The immediate and tangible carbon emission reductions achieved through this investment will further solidify Viva Aerobus’ position as a leader in sustainable aviation in the continent.
As the Mexican leisure market continues its recovery, Viva Aerobus finds itself at the center of the action, poised for further growth and success. The unbeatable economics of the A321neo make it the ideal choice for Viva Aerobus’ low-cost model, enabling the airline to offer affordable airfares to a wider customer base. The strong partnership between Viva Aerobus and Airbus, established since 2013, ensures a seamless collaboration as the airline progresses on its growth trajectory.
In conclusion, the Memorandum of Understanding between Viva Aerobus and Airbus for the acquisition of 90 A321neo aircraft marks a significant milestone for the Mexican low-cost carrier. The addition of these advanced aircraft will fuel Viva Aerobus’ growth, enhance operational efficiency, and deliver an exceptional passenger experience. With a focus on cost savings, sustainability, and customer satisfaction, Viva Aerobus and Airbus continue to strengthen their positions in the Latin American aviation market.