Aegean Airlines has firmed up an order for 30 Airbus A320neo-family jets, consisting of 10 A321neos and 20 A320neos, the company said.
The purchase agreement was signed during a ceremony in Athens by Aegean chairman Eftichios Vassilakis and by the Greek airline´s chief executive and his Airbus counterpart.
A memorandum of understanding for the jets´ purchase had been signed by Aegean in March 2018. Currently, the carrier operates 49 A320ceo-family aircraft: 37 A320s, 11 A321s and one A319.
The aircraft, which have a list-price value of $5 billion, represent what Aegean says is the largest private investment in Greece. This investment “enhances [the] growth prospects for the company, Greek tourism and the country overall”, adds the airline.
It says it will spend EUR 30 million (USD 35 million) on construction of a flightcrew training facility — complete with purpose-built classrooms and simulators — at Athens airport.
Aegean plans to operate a scholarship programme for 100 pilot cadets over the coming 18 months.
Aegean Airlines S.A. is the largest Greek airline by total number of passengers carried, by number of destinations served and by fleet size.