Air Corsica has taken delivery of its first of two Airbus A320neo aircraft, becoming the first French A320neo operator.

Air Corsica A320neo aircraft at the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse. Image: Airbus

The aircraft are on lease from ICBC Leasing.

The airline, which currently operates a fleet of six A320 from its base on the Island of Corsica, expects the greater fuel-efficiencies of the ‘neo’ will reduce its operating costs. The airline’s A320neo is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and is configured in a single-class cabin layout, seating 186 passengers.

Passengers will enjoy a modern cabin, with USB ports to charge electronic devices. The aircraft’s lavatories are designed to be more accessible for passengers with reduced mobility.

The two Air Corsica A320neo aircraft will replace the older aircraft in its fleet and will operate on the airline’s main domestic and European networks.

The A320neo Family incorporates technologies for greater efficiency, including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver a 20% reduction in fuel burn as well as 50% less noise, when compared to previous generation aircraft.

At the end of October 2019, the A320neo Family had received more than 7,000 firm orders from over 110 customers worldwide.

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