Jazeera Airways places order for 28 Airbus A320neo aircraft

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Kuwaiti low-cost carrier Jazeera Airways placed a multi-billion dollar order with Airbus for 28 single aisle A320neo family passenger jets.

The preliminary agreement for 20 A320neo and eight A321neo aircraft was made on the third day of the Dubai Airshow, the largest in-person aerospace industry event since before the pandemic.

Jazeera Chief Executive Rohit Ramachandran told reporters the new aircraft, due to be delivered from 2026, would help reduce emissions by replacing older A320 models and also power expansion plans including in Europe and the Middle East.

Supply chain constraints

“We would like to take deliveries sooner. We understand the supply chain constraints with Airbus,” he said, adding that he was enthusiastic and hopeful jets would arrive sooner.

Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer said the planemaker would look to identify any opportunities to speed up deliveries if possible.

The order was worth $3.4 billion at list prices, Jazeera said later in a stock market filing, though its common for airlines to receive large discounts on orders. The deal includes options to buy a further five jets.

The order was posted after years of deliberations by the Kuwaiti airline which as recently as 1 November said it was in talks with Airbus and its US rival Boeing.

“We believe now we are through with what we consider to be the worst of the effects of the pandemic and we need to now be decisive,” Ramachandran said.

 

Source: Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar