British Airways owner adds A320neos

The deal takes IAG’s A320neo order tally to 22 in 2022

British Airways and Iberia parent company International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) has converted 14 options for Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, ordering 11 A320neos and a trio of A321neos from the European aerospace giant.

The single-aisle jets are to complement the six A320neos and two A321neos, for which options were exercised in March. While significant, the two deals have been eclipsed by IAG's May order for up to 150 Boeing 737 MAX jets.

All the aforementioned options exercised are from an August 2013 order in which IAG committed to 62 aircraft, comprising 30 Airbus A320ceos and 32 A320neos for Vueling. The deal also included options for 58 further A320neos, earmarked for the Barcelona-based low-cost carrier, as well as additional options for 100 jets which could be delivered to any of the group’s carriers.

IAG advised in a statement that “the aircraft will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will be used to replace A320ceo family aircraft in the group’s short-haul fleet”, however it stopped short of stating which airline the jets would be placed with.

All we can be certain of, is that they won't be painted in any of these liveries ahead of joining one of IAG's airlines.