It appears the order has now been confirmed and we can add the 20x A320 to Airbus' order books
Wizz Air Press Release:
Wizz Air to expand Airbus fleet with 20 additional A320s
2006. 07. 20.
Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europe's largest low-fare, low-cost airline, has signed an order to increase its all-Airbus fleet with 20 additional A320s at Farnborough Airshow (England), following the airline's order of 12 A320 aircraft plus 12 options a year ago.
All the aircraft will be powered by International Aero Engines V2500 and be configured in a comfortable single-class layout, seating up to 180 passengers. Deliveries are scheduled from 2009 to 2011.
The new order facilitates the airline's robust growth plan in Central and Eastern Europe to meet the ever increasing demand for air travel in the region in the next years.
Since starting operations in May 2004, Wizz Air has become the leading low-cost airline in Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria, and just earlier this year launched operations in Croatia, Slovenia and Romania. This achievement that the carrier acknowledges is due to - amongst others - the consistently high standard of operational service and comfort the A320 aircraft deliver.
"We are committed to Airbus and IAE as well and their product, the V2500-A5 powered A320 aircraft that has been a significant pillar of our success to-date. Our all common A320 fleet allows us to achieve the lowest unit cost in the region while maintaining operational reliability and customer service excellence. This new aircraft order keeps Wizz Air on track to be the single largest airline in Central and Eastern Europe, both in terms of fleet size and carried passengers. By 2012 Wizz Air will operate up to 53 A320 aircraft." said József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air.
Christian Streiff, Airbus President and CEO added: "We are very pleased to see that Wizz Air is putting its trust once again in Airbus for the expansion of its fleet. We are confident that the economics and excellent passenger appeal of our airliners will help Wizz Air to even further strengthen its position in Central and Eastern Europe".
Mark King, President and CEO of IAE said: "We are delighted to have played a key part in the rapid growth of Wizz Air in such a highly competitive environment – and look forward to continuing the on-going success story with this fleet expansion backed by a V2500SelectSM aftermarket agreement. The 'Wizz Air experience' for passengers is focused on providing great service and value for money – attributes that have also become key factors in the success of IAE and the V2500".