Vueling takes new A320 on lease from Qantas

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Spanish carrier Vueling Airlines has agreed to lease a new Airbus A320 from the Qantas Group.

The aircraft (MSN 5877), equipped with International Aero Engines V2527-A5 engines, was delivered on 10 March.

Qantas said earlier this month that it was restructuring its A320 orderbook for its low-cost unit as part of its A$2 billion ($1.8 billion) three-year cost cutting plan, under which it also intends to retire some Boeing 747s and defer deliveries of A380s and 787s.

The group also has four A320 lease returns scheduled between January and June.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows that Vueling’s fleet of 71 Airbus aircraft includes four A319s and 67 A320s.

The Barcelona-based carrier, which is due to take a new A320 in June under an operating lease agreement with AWAS, has an order for 30 A320s with deliveries starting next year. Its backlog also includes 32 A320neos.