Vueling Evaluates Boeing, Bombardier Jets Alongside Airbus A320sRichard Weiss
Vueling Airlines SA, the Spanish discount carrier that has almost 70 Airbus SAS A320-series jets, said fleet-renewal talks are proceeding, with a switch to rival planes from Boeing Co. or Bombardier Inc. a possibility.
Barcelona-based Vueling is examining the re-engined A320 neo and 737 Max models from Airbus and Boeing, together with Bombardier’s new CSeries jet, Chief Commercial Officer Julio Rodriguez said today in an interview in Frankfurt.
“We’ll have to look at which plane makes most economic sense,” he said, adding that a mixed fleet might be viable. Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz said in July that the carrier needed at least 60 aircraft to renew the fleet and add capacity.
Vueling, founded in 2004, will boost traffic to Scandinavia and Germany this year, according to Rodriguez. The latter is likely to be its fastest-growing market as the passenger total triples to more than 1 million after the addition of six cities including Frankfurt, Hanover and Stuttgart from March 23.
Revenue at the company, which is the target of a takeover bid from British Airways-owner International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, will this year increase to “well over” 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion), from just under 1 billion euros in 2012, the executive said. The carrier last year added flights to German destinations including Berlin and Munich.
Vueling’s fleet will reach 70 leased planes this year following the arrival of eight A320s, with more due in 2014.