Low-cost airline Vueling and its International Airlines Group (IAG) have signed an agreement to buy 62 Airbus A320s – 30 A320ceo and 32 A320neo – plus hold options for another 58 A320 aircraft.
The Barcelona-based Vueling is part of the IAG group which also comprises British Airways and Iberia. Today Vueling operates an all-Airbus fleet of 70 A320 aircraft on domestic and regional routes to Europe, North Africa and the southwestern Asia.
In March this year Vueling already took delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with so-called sharklets on the wingtips to save fuel.
Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors.
Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the Airbus Neo Family. They offer the flexibility to A320 operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.
To date, over 9,800 A320s have been ordered and more than 5,600 delivered to over 385 customers and operators.