Virgin America becomes launch customer for Airbus A320neo

Airbus has announced its 10,000th order with a firm contract from Virgin America for 60 A320s, including 30 A320neo aircraft featuring a new engine option.

This is the first firm order for the A320 new engine option, making Virgin America the launch customer for the A320neo.

The order formalises and expands an initial commitment given at the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2010 with the inclusion of the A320neo as a new development in that deal.

The 30 A320neos will feature fuel-saving wing-tip devices called Sharklets and seating configuration on the aircraft will be the same as its existing A320 fleet, with 146-149 in a two-class configuration.