JetBlue Airways and Airbus signed (21-Jun-2011) an MoU for 40 A320neo aircraft. The airline has not yet announced its engine selection. In addition, the MoU will result in JetBlue converting 30 of its current orders for A320 aircraft to the larger A321 model with enhanced wingtip devices.
JetBlue Airways also announced a revision and extension of its A320 delivery schedule. Details include:
- Deferral of eight A320 aircraft from 2014-2015 to 2017 to smooth out aircraft deliveries, reducing capital commitment over the near term;
- Of the 52 A320 positions remaining on the current order book, 30 will be converted to A321s, powered by IAE engines, allowing greater network flexibility.
- All A320 family deliveries starting in 2013 will be fitted with winglets. JetBlue will be a launch customer of retrofit winglets on the existing A320 fleet, in partnership with Airbus.
In addition, JetBlue will optimize its E190 fleet to approximately 75 aircraft. Embraer stated it will still deliver 100 E190s to the carrier (Reuters, 21-Jun-2011).
New A320 delivery schedule:
- 4Q2011: 1 A320
- 2012: 7 A320s (no change)
- 2013: Four A320s and three A321 (replacing former order for seven A320s)
- 2014: Nine A321s (replacing former order for 12 A320s)
- 2015: 10 A321s (replacing former order for 15 A320s)
- 2016: Two A320s and eight A321s (replacing former order for 10 A320s)
- 2017: Eight A320s. [more - A320neo order] [more - revision of deliveries]