There are seemingly shortages of everything these days and Airbus says it’s now effectively sold out of A321neo airliners.
U.S. private equity fund Indigo Partners placed an order for 255 of the aircraft on the opening day of the recent Dubai Airshow. At the announcement, Airbus CCO and head of international sales Christian Scherer was asked if the order meant the model was sold out. “The short answer is yes. But we are very flexible with our customers,” he said.
Indigo operates four ultra-low-cost carriers including U.S.-based Frontier, Wizz Air in Hungary, Chile’s JetSMART and Volaris in Mexico. Frontier will get 91 of the aircraft but not right away.
The A321neo is enormously popular and most manufacturing slots are taken for the next three years. The Indigo airlines will get a few aircraft in the next few years but most won’t be delivered until after 2025.
Frontier CEO Barry Biffle told Aviation Week the fuel-sipping neos will make Frontier one of the greenest airlines in the world.
Canadian carrier Cargojet Airways has emerged as the launch customer for the Boeing 777-200LR freighter conversion initiated by US-based Mammoth Freighters.
Cargojet is to take a pair of the converted twinjets, and will hold options on another pair – as well as options for two conversions of the larger 777-300ER.
The first aircraft to be delivered to Cargojet will be a modified B-777-200LR with serial number 29742, originally delivered to Delta Air Lines in 2009.
Mammoth says the twinjet, fitted with General Electric GE90 engines, will enter the conversion process in mid-2022 and be delivered in the second half of 2023.
The company unveiled its conversion programme for the two 777 models in September, noting it had acquired access to a feedstock of Delta B-777-200LRs.