Fri, Jan 28, 2011
Fleet Harmonization And Renewal With The A320 Family
Thomas Cook Group has signed a firm order for 12 A321, as a
first step of its single aisle fleet harmonization and renewal plan
which is based on the A320 Family. The aircraft will be fitted with
the latest fuel saving wing-tip devices, known as Sharklets.
In addition to the firm order, Thomas Cook Group plans to lease
A320 Family aircraft from operating lessors.
“In selecting the Airbus A320 family for our fleet
modernization, we have identified significant operational savings,
particularly from maintenance and improved fuel efficiency. The
A321 with Sharklets more than fully meets our expectations for
range and economics,” said a Thomas Cook Group spokesman.
“The A321 with Sharklets offers a leap in operational and
environmental performance alongside the widest, most comfortable
cabin in its market,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating
Officer, Customers. “We are delighted that Thomas Cook has
selected the A320 family for boosting flexibility and efficiency
within their fleet and we look forward to developing our
The aircraft will be powered by CFM56-5B engines. That order was
announced Thursday and is valued at more than $200 million at list
price. The CFM56-5B PIP is currently undergoing flight tests at
Airbus and is scheduled for certification in the second quarter
2011. Airline entry into service is planned for the third quarter
Thomas Cook Group plc is a leisure travel group operating under
five geographic segments and in 21 countries.
Sharklets are large wing-tip devices that are expected to result
in at least 3.5 percent reduced fuel burn over longer sectors,
corresponding to an annual reduction of around 700 metric tons of
carbon dioxide per aircraft.
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