Avianca has firmed up its earlier announced intentions to buy 100 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. Marking the largest single order ever made in Latin America’s aviation history the agreement includes the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft.
Established in Colombia in 1919, Avianca was the first airline in the Americas, and is the second oldest airline in the world. The Airbus-Avianca relationship started to grow in 1998, when TACA (now part of Avianca), LAN and TAM jointly placed an order for 90 single-aisle aircraft. Back then it was the largest joint contract ever signed in Latin American commercial aviation history. To date, the Avianca airline group has ordered nearly 300 aircraft including 276 A320 Family (among them, 133 A320neo Family) and 15 A330 Family aircraft
Apart from Avianca, five other operators in Latin America choose the A320neo Family: Azul, Interjet, LATAM Airlines Group, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Featured image: An Avianca A320 at Santa Marta (Image (CC) Mr. Tobi)