Wizz Air has taken delivery of a brand-new Airbus A320neo, the 1000th A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. 

The Hungary-based carrier celebrated the delivery of the aircraft on April 28, 2022, adding to its fleet of 153 aircraft. 

In a statement released on the airline’s website, the ultra-low-cost airline said it selected Pratt & Whitney’s ultra-modern and efficient GTF engines to power 276 of its A320neo family aircraft of which Wizz Air has received 54 A320neos.  

The airline also emphasized its intent to triple the size of its current fleet with an order book of over 378 Airbus A320 family aircraft. 

Owain Jones, Chief Development Officer of Wizz Air, commented on the occasion and expanded on the A320neo’s impact on the airline’s fleet operation and sustainability efforts. 

“We are thrilled to accept the 1000th GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft,” said Jones. “The industry-leading technology in the GTF engine is helping to power our growth, while significantly reducing our impact on the environment and further reducing our already best-in-class operating costs.” 

According to the airline’s statement, Wizz Air has set its sight on reducing its environmental footprint by 25% for every passenger by 2030. 

“Congratulations to the Wizz Air team on the 1,000th GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft, and on the success that we’ve achieved together since your first flight in 2004,” Rick Deurloo, Chief Commercial Officer, Pratt & Whitney, said. “We are honored to work with you in connecting people and in making the world more sustainable.” 

Ahead of the summer season of 2022, Wizz Air forecasts strong travel demand and expects to surpass its previous operating results estimations for the fourth quarter of 2022.  

The Hungary-based budget airline expects an operating loss of €210-190 million (US$229-207 million) in Q4 2022, citing a “stable balance sheet and strong liquidity position” with a total of €1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) in cash at year end. 

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Wizz Air sees growing demand ahead of the summer season as it anticipates better than expected operating results for Q4 2022.