Spanish budget carrier Vueling Airlines will take delivery of a total of 20 new Airbus A320 aircraft in 2015 and 2016 from its 62-aircraft order placed through International Airlines Group (IAG) earlier this year.
The carrier plans to operate up to 89 aircraft by the end of next year and chief executive Alex Cruz says the Vueling fleet could reach more than 100 aircraft by 2015 as the carrier continues to expand in Europe with the opening of new bases.The airline operates 66 180-seat A320s and four 156-seat A319s in its fleet.
Vueling will add its final 10 current technology A320s in 2017 in addition to four re-engined A320neo aircraft, said Cruz at the IAG capital markets day event today.
The Barcelona-based carrier will take 12 A320neo aircraft in 2018, 10 A320neo aircraft in 2019 and the remaining six A320neo aircraft in 2020.
The agreement also includes 58 options for Vueling.
Vueling announced the opening of a new base at Brussels airport last week and with seven routes to Ibiza, Lisbon, Oporto, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Venice.
Cruz says Vueling capacity (measured in available seat kilometres) will be 27% on Spanish markets and 73% on non-Spanish markets next year, up from the 31-69% ratio this year. By 2015, more than 75% of the carrier's available seat kilometres will be on non-Spanish markets, he says.