US-based lessor Aviation Capital Group has signed for up to 60 Airbus single-aisle jets, including reaching a tentative agreement to take 20 A220s.

The leasing firm has placed a firm order for 40 A320neo-family aircraft of which five are A321XLRs, the longest-range version of the A321neo.

“These highly advanced aircraft will enhance [our] strategic objective to offer our airline customers the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft available,” says Aviation Capital Group chief Thomas Baker.

Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer states that the decision to take the A220 furthers the twinjet’s reputation as a “growingly desirable aircraft”.

The lessor already has direct orders for 46 A320neos and 39 A321neos, of which 35 and 20 had respectively been delivered by the end of November.

Aviation Capital Group has not identified an engine selection for the additional A320neos. All A220s are fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW1500G powerplants.

ACG A220-c-Airbus

Source: Airbus

Twenty A220s are among the aircraft included in the agreement