Vueling has started to operate its first four A321-200s, now the largest aircraft in its fleet, which will be expanded to more than 100 units in the course of this summer season.
The new model is the largest member of the Airbus A320 family (encompassing the A318, A319, A320, and A321), with an overall length of 44.51 metres, plus 220 seats, 40 more than the A320 model which makes up most of the Vueling fleet. This will enable the airline to raise passenger capacity by18% on the routes where it replaces the A320. This will call for a fifth cabin crew member to attend the additional passengers.
The first four Airbus A321s –-a total of five A321s will be in service before the end of 2015— are part of a purchase order made by Vueling’s parent IAG in August, 2013, for a total of 62 aircraft, plus options for 58 more. Those on firm order are all being delivered between 2014 and 2020.
This year Vueling is adding five A321s and 14 A319s and A320s to its fleet, which will soon number more than 100 units. The new aircraft all have sharklets on the wingtips, and are more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.
The company was founded in July, 2004, with a fleet of two Airbus A320, four routes, and a commitment to providing excellent customer service at competitive prices. Ten years later, Vueling operates on more than 360 routes to 155 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft and 22 operational bases. It has carried more than 90 million passengers.