More Airbus A321XLR Orders for Wizz Air, Frontier and JetSMART

Jun 19, 2019

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The star of this week’s Paris Air Show, the newly announced Airbus A321XLR aircraft has landed another big order. This time, with Indigo Partners — the private equity firm that owns part of Frontier, Wizz Air, JetSMART Volaris, among others — which signed up for 50 of the narrow-body, long-range aircraft.

The Indigo Partners order will see 20 of the A321XLRs go to Wizz Air, 18 to Frontier and 12 to JetSMART. With the order, Airbus gets its first commitment for a US carrier to operate its newest jet by the likes of Frontier.

The group already has almost 300 Airbus aircraft in its fleet and this new order, combined with other orders, will grow the combined fleet to well over 600 aircraft. Wednesday’s Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus is comprised of 32 new orders for the A321XLR, as well as 18 converted A321neo orders.

The extended 4,700nm (4,600 miles) range and fuel efficiency of the aircraft opens up new route opportunities for these airlines. While Indigo’s family of airlines focus on the ultra-low-cost market on a short-haul basis, these aircraft could mean very affordable transatlantic flights in the future. According to CNBC, Frontier is also considering launching flights to Hawaii, Alaska and possibly with this aircraft.

The fast-growing Wizz Air, which is moving beyond its traditional bases in Eastern Europe to launch new bases in routes in Western Europe, will receive the largest share of the order.

Indigo has confirmed Volaris will not receive any frames because the high altitude of its hub cities in Mexico cannot maximise the performance of the aircraft.

Airbus A321XLR in Wizz Air colours. Photo by Airbus

The order continues a big week for Airbus, with orders flooding in from Qantas, IAG Group(for Aer Lingus and Iberia), Middle East Airlines, Cebu Pacific and leasing company Air Lease Corporation.

Featured image by Airbus

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