Airbus awarded $4 billion A320 order

JetBlue Airways has today placed an order worth up to $4 billion with Airbus for the purchase of 65 new A320 aircraft, with options for a further 50 new aircraft.

JetBlue Airways Corporation announced today that it has placed an order with Airbus for the purchase of 65 new A320 aircraft, with options for a further 50 new aircraft.

Deliveries of the new aircraft, which will feature International Aero Engines’ (IAE) V2500 engines, are scheduled for 2004 through to 2011.

In addition to the 41 aircraft already in service, JetBlue already had 46 A320s on firm order. With today’s order for up to 115 additional aircraft, JetBlue’s fleet could grow to as many as 202 A320 jetliners by 2012.

‘With this order, JetBlue demonstrates that with the right people, the right product and the right cost structure, airlines can grow, even in this current, challenging, environment,’ said Noël Forgeard, Airbus Chief Executive Officer.

‘As JetBlue continues to conquer the odds, their repeated choice of Airbus aircraft proves that efficiency on all levels, including equipment and operations, is a must for an airline’s continuing health.’