Airbus and lessor SMBC Aviation Capital have reached a new agreement to acquire 60 more jets from the A320neo family.
With the new order, the Irish company now has 262 firm orders for the narrow-body aircraft, 78 of which have already been delivered.
The remaining 184 aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2031, SMBC revealed.
“This transaction is further testament of sustained global demand for technologically advanced, fuel-efficient aircraft, and comes amidst the continuing strong recovery in air travel worldwide,” said Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital.
“With sustainability and operational efficiency remaining key priorities for our customers, we anticipate even greater demand for aircraft such as the A320neo and the A321neo in the years ahead. We look forward to strengthening our valued partnership with Airbus as we help our customers navigate these priorities.”
“SMBC Aviation Capital’s latest decision to reinvest for the long term in the A320neo Family shows a great confidence and commitment to what is, and is continuing to be, the most successful aircraft program ever,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
“As one of the world’s leading aircraft lessors, SMBC Aviation Capital is committing to its sustainable aviation roadmap through the world’s most efficient single aisle products. We very much appreciate our working relationship with SMBC and thank them sincerely for their continued confidence.”
The two companies did not detail whether there is a division between the A320neo and A321neo models among the 60 new jets or whether the choice between them is open.
Until then, SMBC had 147 firm orders for the A320neo and 55 for the A321neo. The lessor also has 96 jets from the A320ceo family in its inventory.