Airbus delivered the first A321neo to Chilean ultra low cost airline JetSMART this week. Although the company has an order for 61 aircraft of the model, the first aircraft is the result of a leasing agreement with the Aviation Capital Group.
JetSMART will use its A321neo, registration CC-AWT, with a maximum configuration of 240 seats, 54 more than the A320neo currently in its fleet.
“The delivery of our first A321neo marks the beginning of a new era for JetSMART, supporting our vision to serve 100 million passengers by 2028. It is also and it is an important step in becoming the leading ULCC in South America. We worked with Airbus to configure our A321neo as the most competitive aircraft in the market, while maintaining our focus on sustainability and ultra low fares,” said Estuardo Ortiz, CEO JetSMART.
JetSMART’s fleet currently comprises six A320neo and eleven first-generation A320-200s. There are also six other A320ceo in the Argentine subsidiary.
Belonging to Indigo Partners, also owner of Frontier Airlines and Wizz Airlines, JetSMART has rapidly expanded its presence in Latin America, only interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A second A321neo is on the way and should be registered CC-AWS.