MEXICO CITY, May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Volaris (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), the ultra low cost Mexican airline with the most extensive route network servicing Mexico and the US, announced the arrival of a second Airbus A321 and with it, completed the first leasing agreements for two aircrafts in this class. This particular Airbus Family model provides seating for 220 passengers, which represents a 23% increase in capacity for travel. Compared to A320s, Airbus A321s are optimal for servicing routes with higher demand and occupancy.
The Airbus A321 fuselage is 44.5 m long and has an extended operation range of up to 3,000nm with a maximum passenger load. Airbus A321s provide the lowest fuel consumption per seat and come equipped with sharklets – wing-tip devices that help reduce fuel burn as a result of improved aerodynamics.
"This is a significant step for our airline's growth", said Volaris CEO, Enrique Beltranena. "With increased capacity, it becomes a clear solution to our problem of greater demand from passengers seeking better travel experiences. Volaris constantly seeks to transport more passengers safely, on board our modern fleet to any of our 38 domestic and 22 international destinations."
Beltranena added, "We are an ultra low cost airline, which is why the A321 perfectly adapts into our business model, helping us reduce unit costs and enabling us to provide clean and clear fares to all our Customers, so more people can travel well." The new A321s will start commercial operations in June with flights servicing the Mexico City-Cancun route.
The new A321, registration number XA-VLH arrived in Mexico City International Airport on April 23, and became the first in its class in Mexico. The second one, registration number XA-VLJ, was delivered yesterday, at Airbus' facilities in Hamburg, to Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena and before a group of the French manufacturer's representatives.
Beltranena added, "It is an honor to share this moment with Airbus. From the beginning, they have been a key business partner for us, not only as witnesses to our growth, but also playing a very important role in the efficient use of all our aircraft."
"The A321 is instrumental in bringing increased capacity on Volaris' most popular routes, and it allows the airline to benefit from the lowest cost per seat of any single aisle aircraft," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "We are pleased that the A321 will help Volaris efficiently address growing demand for cost-effective air travel in Mexico while benefitting from the unmatched comfort, operating economics and fuel-efficiency of the benchmark A320 Family."
The arrival and incorporation of two A321s signals a great milestone for Volaris, now totaling 53 aircraft in its modern fleet, and is an unprecedented achievement for national aviation. In 2016 Volaris is expecting the delivery of another 3 aircraft in this category. With this measure, Volaris affirms their solid commitment to Customers and to Mexico's development.
Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR) is an ultra low cost airline providing point to point services and operating between Mexico and the US. The ultra low cost highly efficient business model offered by Volaris provides low base fares to develop its market, coupled with outstanding levels of quality services and a wide array of products. Since beginning their operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from an initial 5 to a current 138 and its fleet from 4 to 52 aircraft. Volaris currently operates over 220 daily flight segments on routes connecting 38 cities in Mexico and 22 cities in the United States with Mexico's most modern airplane fleet. Volaris targets passengers visiting friends and family, price sensitive business travelers, and leisure travelers in Mexico and to select US destinations. Proudly Mexican, Volaris is regarded as one of the new leading companies in the country. Among other recognitions, Volaris has received the prestigious ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for five consecutive years. For more information, please visit: www.volaris.com