LONDON – Mexican carrier Viva Aerobus has, in September, taken delivery of yet another two Airbus A320-200 aircraft from aircraft lessor Clover Aviation Capital.
The two additions help in supporting Viva Aerobus’ growth strategy, which is aimed toward constant openings of new routes with the most modern fleet in Mexico and the third youngest fleet in North America.
With the announcement of Viva Aerobus (VB) receiving the two new Airbus A320-200 aircraft opens the relationship between Viva Aerobus (VB) and the aircraft lessor, Clover Aviation Capital, themselves.
Clover Aviation Capital’s Vice President and Head of Airline Marketing, Ms. Haiyan Zheng, says they’re pleased to open connections with Viva, further saying:
“It is our pleasure to begin a new relationship with Viva Aerobus, adding another important airline partner in Latin America.”
“We thank the team at Viva Aerobus for their tremendous support for the successful deliveries of these aircraft, and we look forward to a long-term relationship with Viva Aerobus.”
Viva Aerobus’ Director of Fleet Financing, Procurement & Contracts, Ciprian Rodriguez, also expressed Viva Aerobus’ delight to open relations with the lessor, saying:
“We are delighted to have worked closely with Clover Aviation Capital and added these two A320-200 to our fleet, which no doubt will play an important part in our fast-growing business and meet our capacity needs in the years to come, and we look forward to working with Clover to develop and reap the mutual benefits of this new relationship.”
The two latest airframes to enter Viva Aerobus (VB) fleet, via data from Planespotters.net, appear to be XA-VYB, an ex. Vistara, ITA Transportes Aéreos and Batik Airways aiframe.
However, the aircraft was never taken up by Batik or ITA Transportes Aéreos, making it pretty much just an ex. Vistara airframe.
The second airframe in question appears to be yet another ex. Vistara airframe, previously carrying the registration VT-TTH.
Similar to the first Airbus A320, this was also an aircraft due for Batik Air, which was never taken up, hence the acquisition of the airframe for Viva Aerobus. The aircraft remains out of use just currently as it awaits registration.
Viva Aerobus’ history
Founded in Mexico in 2006, Viva Aerobus (VB/VIV) is a Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) with its roots in Mexico, where it still remains based.
The airline is owned by Mexico’s largest bus company group, IAMSA, with co-founders and key investors being Irelandia Aviation.
With a total fleet size of 64 aircraft (Planespotters.net), with a further four on order, Viva Aerobus (VB) operates with their Airbus A320-200, A320neo, A321-200, and A321neo fleet out of Monterrey Int’l Airport (MTY), in Mexico.
It appears Viva Aerobus (VB) is further extending its aircraft to boost their process of “constantly open new routes”, in which the Airbus A320 family and its successors, like the NEO family, creates a great fleet for these routes.
With even more orders, even of the A321neo, Viva Aerobus will be able to further expand their offerings, frequencies, capacities, and load factors, as their A321neo can carry 240 passengers with the config Viva Aerobus operates with.