Airbus and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for a huge order where ALC became the launch lessor for the A350F, by far the largest lessor customer for the A220. All in all, the order includes 25 A220-300s, 55 A321neos, 20 A321XLRs, four A330neos and seven A350Fs.
“ALC was the launch customer for the very popular A321LR and XLR versions. Now, we become the launch lessor for the A350F and by far the largest lessor customer for the A220. We had the vision to be first adopters of the A321 and are convinced we have made the right choice again on the A220 and A350F, responding to what we see the market will need in the period of recovery ahead. In addition, we are very enthusiastic to have inked a partnership for a sustainability fund which will contribute to the green future for our industry,” said Steven F Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation.
The order which will be finalised in the coming months makes the Los Angeles-based ALC one of Airbus’ largest customers and lessor with the biggest A220 order book. Founded in 2010, ALC has ordered a total of 496 Airbus aircraft to date.
“With this major order, we underscore our confidence not only in the strong future and growth of global commercial air transport, but in ALC’s business model, in our specific aircraft purchase decisions including, for the first time, the new A350 Freighter, and finally in our long-term view that ordering new aircraft is an optimum investment of our shareholder capital,” said John Plueger, CEO and President, Air Lease Corporation.
“Moreover, we and Airbus hereby announce the first-ever joint ESG initiative in aircraft procurement by creating a multi-million-dollar fund for sustainable aviation development projects critical to the future.”
With this order, ALC and Airbus are launching a multi-million-dollar ESG fund initiative that will contribute towards investment into sustainable aviation development projects that will in the future be opened to multiple stakeholders from the aircraft leasing and financing community and beyond.
“This is a major announcement for Airbus in 2021. ALC’s order signals we’re moving beyond the COVID doldrums. With foresight, ALC is solidifying its order portfolio for the most desirable aircraft types as we exit the crisis and, it has seen the formidable value the A350F brings to the cargo market. ALC’s endorsement confirms the global enthusiasm we see for this quantum leap in the freighter space, and we applaud its insightfulness in selecting it and is beating everyone to the finish line for the first A350F order announcement. In addition, we agreed to make our sustainable aviation vision part of this agreement which is a priority for us both,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
“This new order announcement is the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication by both organisations to optimise and fine-tune the size and scope of this large aircraft transaction in view of the rapidly growing global airline demand to modernise their jet fleets through the ALC leasing medium. After lengthy and detailed consultations with several dozens of our strategic airline customers around the world, we are focusing this comprehensive order on the most desirable and in-demand aircraft types, covering the A220, A321neo, A330neo and A350 families,” Udvar-Hazy continued.
The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market delivering an unbeatable 25 percent better fuel efficiency and with widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A321 Family which includes the XLR version with up to 4,700nm long range and 30 per cent lower fuel consumption combined with the A330neo are ideal partners for the so-called middle of the market segment. The A350F, based on the world’s most modern long-range leader optimised for cargo operations offering at least 20 percent lower fuel burn than the competition and the only new generation freighter aircraft ready for the 2027 ICAO CO2 emissions standards.