Airbus - Wizz Air orders 12 A320 family aircraft
BUDAPEST (Airbus) - Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europe’s largest low-fare, low-cost airline has signed a contract for 12 firm A320 Family aircraft, including A319s and A320s, plus 12 options, becoming a new Airbus customer. All the aircraft will be powered by International Aero Engines V2500-A5s and be configured in a comfortable single-class layout, seating up to 156 passengers in the A319s and up to 180 passengers in the A320s. Deliveries will begin in the summer of 2007.
The 12 aircraft order underpins Wizz Air's plans to expand its all-Airbus fleet of six leased A320s to meet the increasing demand for air travel in the region. It will also enable the airline to open up new European routes from its present bases (Budapest, Hungary and Katowice, Warsaw and Gdansk in Poland) as well as new base airports in Eastern Europe. Since beginning operations in May 2004, Wizz Air has become the leading low-cost airline in Central Eastern Europe (CEE), an achievement that the carrier acknowledges amongst others as being due to the consistently high standard of operational service and comfort that A320 Family aircraft deliver.
"Having successfully operated A320s for more than a year, I am convinced that the Airbus A320 Family is the best-suited aircraft for our needs," said Mr J