America West has placed a new order for ten A320s and seven A319s. This firms up a commitment announced by the airline in May 2004. America West will lease an additional four A320 aircraft from various lessors.
One more A320 Family aircraft will be either purchased or leased, pending a decision by the airline, bringing the total transaction to 22 aircraft. Deliveries of the purchased aircraft will begin toward the end of 2005 and will run through to 2006. IAE V2500 engines will power all the America West A320 Family aircraft.
“The A320 Family continues to satisfy our needs of flexibility, economy and comfort,” said America West Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “While our industry continues to face economic challenges, including record high fuel costs, the low-cost sector continues to outperform.”
Each of the America West A320s will accommodate 12 passengers in first class and 138 in economy. The airline’s A319s will also seat 12 in first class, plus 112 in the main cabin.