Today, Azores Airlines carried out its first commercial flight with the Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option). The flight between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada (Azores) landed at João Paulo II Airport at 08:40.
With state-of-the-art technology, the Airbus A320neo represents a significant leap in terms of operational efficiency and consequent reduction in environmental impact. The latest generation engines (High-Bypass) and aerodynamic technology (Airbus Sharklet™ wings) of the new Azores Airlines Airbus A320neo will allow a 20% reduction in fuel consumption, a 5% decrease in gas emissions and noise, lower operating costs, and a larger load capacity when compared to previous generations of aircraft.
The latest equipment of the Azorean airline has the word "PURE" written on its fuselage. This is a tribute to the Azores Archipelago, matching the rest of the fleet. This new aircraft model is part of a program to replace the Airbus A320ceo models.
Azores Airlines' Airbus 320neo adopted a 168-seat configuration. Inside the cabin, shades of blue from the sky and the sea of the Azores prevail, creating a chromatic universe that is transversal for the SATA Azores Airlines brand. The cabin was customized with every detail in mind, from the seats to the bulkheads that separate the different areas. To make the environment even more welcoming, a lighting and cabin sound scheme were carefully studied to bring a little of the pulse of the Azores into the airplanes that fly under the SATA Group brand.