Wizz Air buys 102 Airbus jets to take on rivals

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The Budapest-based carrier plans to build a fleet of 500 airplanes by the end of the decade

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The budget airline will step up its challenge to bigger rivals like Ryanair and EasyJet by buying Wizz Air 102 and Airbus Jet.

The Budapest-based carrier currently operates 154 aircraft and plans to build a fleet of 500 by the end of the decade.

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In today’s announcement, Eastern Europe’s largest low-cost airline said it has agreed to purchase 75 Airbus A321neo and 27 Airbus A321XLR aircraft, which will be delivered between 2025 and 2027.

Airbus also granted Wizz Air the right to purchase an additional 75 Airbus A321neo for delivery in 2028 and 2029.

CEO József Vardi said: “The combination of Viz Air’s ultra-low cost operation and the market-leading Airbus A321 Neo aircraft sets a strong platform for Viz Air’s future growth in the coming decade as we continue to build one of the world’s most Let us further consolidate our position as one of the sustainable airlines.

“We are on track to become a 500-aircraft airline group by the end of the decade, fulfilling our commitment to reduce our already industry-leading CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030.”

It is the latest in a flurry of orders for Airbus’ neo “family” EasyJet confirmed an order for 56 A320neo jets at the Farnborough Air Show in July.

The A320neo aircraft is claimed to save “at least” 20% fuel. Airbus has so far received over 8100 orders from over 130 customers.

Wizz Air’s order comes on a day it managed to get one of four jets stranded in Ukraine out of the war-torn country. A Wizz Air A320 took off from the western city of Lviv in Ukraine and landed in Katowice, Poland.

Wizz Air still has three other Airbus A320 planes stranded in Ukraine. The country’s airspace was closed to all civilian air traffic at the start of the conflict.

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