French low-cost carrier Transavia France, part of the Air France-KLM Group, has taken delivery of its first A320neo.
The introduction of its first A320neo aircraft marks the beginning of Transavia France’s transition to become an all-Airbus operator, powered by efficient A320neo Family aircraft.
The new aircraft will support Transavia France’s fleet renewal strategy as it transitions to an all-A320neo family fleet,
The A320neo will be deployed by Transavia France on its services on its domestic network as well as across its European and Mediterranean markets.
With its reduced fuel burn and emissions, the A320neo will play a key role in advancing the airline Group’s sustainable development goals.
The delivery flight to Paris-Orly was powered by a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend on board.
Air France-KLM fleet renewal
In 2021, Air France-KLM placed an order for 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft – with purchase rights for an additional 60 aircraft – to renew the fleets of KLM and Transavia Netherlands and to renew and expand the fleet of Transavia France.
The new aircraft features 186 seats in a single class 3 by 3 layout – a bit grim.
The cabin features Airbus’ Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide 40% more stowage space compared to conventional bins, for a more relaxed boarding.
USB-C ports are available for passengers at each seat, and the latest lighting system enhances the overall passenger experience.
Benefits of the A320neo
The A320neo has several significant improvements compared to previous generation aircraft. Neo stands for “New Engine Option”. By incorporating new generation CFM International LEAP-1A engines and Sharklets, the A320neo benefits include a 50% noise footprint reduction and 20% fuel savings and CO2 reduction compared to previous generation single-aisle aircraft.
The brand-new aircraft is on lease from Irish-based Avolon and was delivered from the Airbus manufacturing site in Toulouse.
Andy Cronin, CEO of Avolon:
“We welcome Transavia France as a new customer and we are delighted to be able to celebrate the delivery of their first A320neo as part of their fleet renewal strategy.
“Building on our relationship with the Air France-KLM Group, we look forward to supporting this long-term partnership.
“Avolon begins 2024 with an orderbook of 458 aircraft which will support customers’ replacement and fleet expansion plans into the next decade.”
Avolon has 105 A320neo family aircraft in its fleet, with a further 287 on order.