Spirit Airlines, which is one of the most prominent customers of the Airbus A319neo aircraft has said good-bye to its order and has shifted it to long range version of the Airbus A320 family.
Spirit Airlines A319 order
In January 2020, Miramar headquartered Spirit Airlines inked a deal with European manufacturer Airbus for 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft. This deal included jets like Airbus A319neo, Airbus A320neo and Airbus A321neo. The airline ordered 31 Airbus A319 neo and this was a major highlight given the fact that Airbus A319neo is a very marginal aircraft and was not selling well. Introduction of the Airbus A220 aircraft from Airbus proved as a final nail in the coffin for the Airbus A319neo program.
Order shifted to A321neo
Spirit Airlines has now shifted its order of 31 Airbus A319neo to Airbus A321neo, the long range extended version of the Airbus A320 family. The Airbus A321neo provides the airline with more capacity with respect to the Airbus A319neo.
In a 2 class configuration, Airbus A319neo can accommodate 120-140 passengers and can have a range of 3,750 nautical miles. On the other hand, the Airbus A321neo can sit 185-240 passengers with a range of about 4,000 nautical miles. The Airbus A321neo has long range versions as well – Airbus A321LR and Airbus A321XLR.
Backlog down by almost half
As stated earlier that Airbus A319neo was already not selling well, with this order cancellation, the Airbus A319neo has only Chinese customers. Before the withdrawal, Airbus had a backlog of 92 Airbus A319neos but now, it only has 61 jets in backlog. 14 of this jets are already delivered to airlines like Tibet Airlines, China Southern Airlines and some charter service airlines.
Now, Airbus A319 neo only has customers from China. China Southern Airlines, Air China, Tibet Airlines and Sichuan Airlines are the only remaining prominent customers.
What do you think? Will Airbus A319neo get a new life?
Source Credits : Air Data News