Virgin America buying 10 Airbus A321neos

Virgin America has agreed to acquire 10 new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, the company said.

The new aircraft are up to 20 percent more fuel and carbon efficient than the airline´s current fleet.

The 10 new A321neos (short for New Engine Option) are slated for delivery beginning in the first quarter of 2017 continuing through the third quarter of 2018, and will be leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

With this delivery schedule, Virgin America is expected to be among the first airlines globally to operate A321neo aircraft powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.

The new neo engine option reduces noise levels, with half the noise footprint compared to the ceo engine option.

The aircraft will come equipped with fuel-saving Sharklet wingtip devices, similar to the equipment on the airline´s most recent aircraft deliveries, which began service in fall 2015. The aircraft promise to deliver up to 20 percent reduced fuel burn over current generation aircraft per seat, which is equivalent to cutting 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions per plane every year.

Known for its mood-lit cabins and fleetwide amenities, Virgin America has built a loyal following of flyers and earned a host of awards since launching in 2007.