SP's Airbuz - - News Briefs -

In the sec­ond week of April this year, the first-ever A-321neo, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion pow­ered by CFM In­ter­na­tional’s LEAP1A en­gines, was handed over to Vir­gin Amer­ica, an all-Air­bus op­er­a­tor, at a cer­e­mony in Ham­burg. Vir­gin Amer­ica Pres­i­dent Peter Hunt said the air­line was hon­oured to be the first op­er­a­tor of the high in-de­mand air­craft. “This third mem­ber of the Air­bus A-320 Fam­ily to join our fleet will al­low us to re­duce our unit costs and car­bon emis­sions fur­ther,” he added. Air­bus Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial Air­craft Fabrice Brégier said the com­pany was “turn­ing a new page” with its largest, lat­est, most fuel ef­fi­cient NEO sin­gle-aisle air­craft, guar­an­tee­ing new lev­els of ef­fi­ciency and longer range to its op­er­a­tors. It also of­fered greater com­fort to the fly­ing pub­lic and lower emis­sions and less noise to airport com­mu­ni­ties thanks to cut­tingedge tech­nolo­gies mak­ing it the most ecosen­si­tive sin­gle-aisle air­craft avail­able. The air­craft with LEAP-1A en­gines was proven to de­liver at least 15 per cent fuel sav­ings com­pared to Vir­gin Amer­ica’s cur­rent gen­er­a­tion air­craft, equiv­a­lent to cut­ting 5,000 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions with each plane ev­ery year, Brégier added. Vir­gin Amer­ica op­er­ates a fleet of 63 Air­bus A-320 fam­ily air­craft com­prised of A-319ceo and A-320ceo air­craft pow­ered by CFM’s CFM56-5B en­gines.

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