Airbus announced Monday that the French regional carrier Air Corsica has taken delivery of their first of two Airbus A320neos on lease from ICBC Leasing, becoming the first French carrier to operate the aircraft type.
Today, Airbus announced that Air Corsica has received the first of two A320neos on lease from ICBC Leasing, becoming the first French A320neo operator. Air Corsica’s new A320neo is arranged in a single class configuration accommodating 186 passengers and is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. The aircraft includes USB power at each seat and specially designed lavatories to accommodate passengers with reduced mobility. The A320neo is the widest single aisle aircraft on the market and Air Corsica will deploy the new aircraft on their main domestic and European routes.
Air Corsica was founded in 1989 by the Corsican assembly with the public mission to provide service on twelve routes from the four Corsican airports and Marseilles, Nice and Paris-Orly. The carrier currently has a fleet of six A320 Family aircraft and 6 ATR72-500 regional turboprops and is headquartered in Ajaccio, Corsica. Air Corsica serves 16 different airports with 30 seasonal routes including international service to Brussels Sud-Charleroi Airport in Belgium. The airline enjoys a close partnership with Air France on routes between Corsica, Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
With new generation engines and the latest aerodynamic design, including wing sharklets, the A320neo delivers a 50 percent reduction in noise and a 20 percent reduction in fuel burn compared to previous generation models. As of October 31, 2019, Airbus had booked over 7,000 A320neo Family orders from over 110 global lessors and operators.
Source(s): Airbus, Air Corsica