Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, June 30, 2020. - Viva Aerobus, Mexico's ultra-low-cost carrier, received its first Airbus A321neo aircraft at Terminal C of Monterrey International Airport today at 5:00 p.m. On the morning of June 26, in the city of Hamburg, Germany, Airbus delivered this aircraft to Viva, which departed to our country today at 02:00 a.m. (Central Daylight Time Mexico) for its arrival this afternoon, after stopovers in the cities of Keflavik, Iceland and Bangor, United States.
This is the first delivery of a new aircraft in Latin America since the start of the global pandemic due to COVID-19 outbreak.
“With the arrival of this new Airbus A321neo (240 seat configuration) we keep preparing ourselves for the gradual recovery in passenger demand. The advanced technology of this aircraft provides safety, reliability and high efficiency due to its low fuel consumption. This allows us to keep reducing costs in benefit of our passengers, since we continue offering low prices that are key to boost tourism and the air sector in the current crisis,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus.
The Airbus A321neo is a highly eco-efficient aircraft, generating benefits in both, operating and environmental costs. Thanks to its engines, aerodynamic advances, capacity for 240 passengers and cabin innovations, it offers a reduction in fuel consumption of 20%.
The Airbus A321, with aircraft registration XA-VBA, will remain at Viva Aerobus’s base in Monterrey to carry out the final operational tests and certification by the Mexican aviation authority (AFAC) in order to carry out its inaugural commercial flight in early August.
This new airplane is the second of 5 aircraft that Viva plans to receive in 2020: 3 A321neo and 2 A320neo. This aircraft belongs to the A320 and A321 aircraft order that Viva Aerobus has with Airbus.
Viva Aerobus is committed to an operation with the most advanced technology in line with its ultra-low-cost model, based on operational efficiency and for the benefit of passenger comfort and experience. Consequently, the airline currently has the youngest fleet in Mexico with a 3.6-year age average and, now integrated with 38 aircraft: 1 Airbus A321neo, 19 Airbus A320neo and 18 Airbus A320ceo.