On the eve of the 2022 Singapore Airshow, Airbus revealed that Jazeera Airways has firmed up a 28-strong A320neo Family order, consisting of 20 A320neos and eight larger A321neos.
Rohit Ramachandran, Jazeera Airways chief executive officer, commented: “We are pleased to confirm this latest order with Airbus. By taking both A320neo and A321neo versions we will have great flexibility to extend our network to medium and longer haul destinations from Kuwait, offering passengers more choice to travel and enjoy popular destinations as much as underserved ones”.
This latest development builds upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) inked by the Kuwaiti-based carrier with Airbus at the 2021 Dubai Airshow last November (see the January 2022 edition of Airliner World) for the 28 aircraft.
Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer and head of Airbus International, added: “Jazeera Airways is a long-standing partner of Airbus, and we are delighted to see them grow their all-Airbus fleet with an additional 28 A320neo Family aircraft. The A320neo Family offers the right size, economics and customer comfort for Jazeera Airways to serve its growing customer base and open new routes competitively. We salute team Jazeera for their remarkable development and thank them for their trust and for this important order”.
As of today (February 14), Jazeera fields an inventory of 17 A320s, comprising eight CFM International CFM56-powered CEOs and nine CFM International LEAP-1A-equipped NEOs. The company was established in April 2004 and, according to its website, is “the first non-government-owned airline in the Middle East”.
The upcoming Singapore Airshow kicks-off tomorrow (February 15) and runs until February 18. In anticipation, major airframers including Boeing and its rival Airbus have confirmed their plans ahead of the popular event.