Transavia France has taken delivery of its first A320neo, taking its first step in becoming an all-Airbus operator.
Airbus announced the new delivery in a statement on January 10, 2024, and revealed that the A320neo (registered F-GNEO), which arrived at Paris-Orly Airport (ORY), was powered by a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend at the request of Transavia France.
Transavia France, part of the Air France-KLM Group, acquired the Airbus A320neo on lease from Avolon which arrived from the planemaker’s manufacturing site in Toulouse.
According to ch-aviation.com, Transavia France’s current fleet is made up of 67 active Boeing 737-800 jets, so the arrival of its fist Airbus is a significant step in the airline’s tenure.
Going forward, the A320neo will serve the airline’s entire network, covering over 200 routes to 120 destinations.
“The delivery of this first Airbus A320neo is a key step in the history of Transavia France. It marks the transition to an all-Airbus fleet at Transavia and embodies our commitment to further developing the operations of our low-cost brand. It is part of our large, long-term fleet investments, designed to improve our Group’s economic and environmental performance,” Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, said.
The new aircraft features 186 seats in a single class layout and will be deployed by Transavia France on domestic routes such as well as European and Mediterranean markets.
The aircraft’s first commercial flight is scheduled on January 15, 2024, with a service to Porto Airport (OPO).
In December 2023, the Dutch-based Transavia Airlines, also owned by Air France-KLM Group, received the first of seven Airbus A321-200neo aircraft acquired from Air Lease Corporation.
“ALC is pleased to announce the first of seven A321-200neo aircraft delivered today to our longtime customer, Transavia,” Grant Levy, Executive Vice President of Air Lease Corporation, commented. “We are honored to introduce the A321-200neo to Transavia and look forward to continuing to assist the airline with its single-aisle fleet development for years to come.”
Air France-KLM aims to replace all Transavia Airlines’ Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft with Airbus A320neo and A321neo models over the next seven years, after an order was placed in late 2021.