Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft from the manufacturer was handed over to Virgin America at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
“We have been with Virgin America from the beginning and we are excited to launch this new chapter in that relationship,” said Gael Meheust, President, and CEO of CFM International. “We think they will be very pleased with all this engine has to offer.”
The A320neo family aircraft significantly reduces noise levels, generating only half the noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. Equipped with fuel-saving Sharklet wingtip devices nitrous oxide emissions are 50 percent below regulatory requirements as outlined by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).
In addition, the aircraft with LEAP-1A engines is proven to deliver at least a 15 percent fuel savings compared to Virgin America’s current generation aircraft, which is equivalent to cutting 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions with each plane every year.