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London Luton Airport welcomes arrival of new NEO aircraft

News   •   Mar 15, 2019 17:40 GMT

London Luton Airport (LLA) has welcomed Wizz Air’s first new generation Airbus A321neo aircraft, which has a reduced noise footprint of almost 50%.

This new generation aircraft is equipped with the latest technology which in turn will deliver significant environmental benefits, including reduced emissions, lower fuel burn, and less noise than previous generation aircraft.

The new aircraft is the first of 256 A321neo and A320neo’s Wizz Air will take delivery of over the next seven years, as the airline looks to become one of the greenest in the industry.

Wizz is the second airline at LLA to adopt the NEO. easyJet took delivery of its first in June 2017 and now has 25 in its fleet, with over a hundred more on order.

James Dontas, Flight Operations Managerat London Luton Airport, said: “It is great news for our local communities that our two biggest airlines are now taking delivery of these quieter aircraft. We continue to work with all our airlines to encourage and incentivise the use of quieter aircraft. This will make a significant difference, when added to our already stringent noise control measures – the toughest of any major UK airport.”

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK said: “The arrival of the airline’s brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft to our London Luton base is a major milestone for Wizz Air in the UK, both in terms of our industry-leading growth and our aim to become one of the greenest airlines in the sky. WIZZ is proud to operate one of the youngest fleets in Europe, and this new aircraft decreases our environmental footprint even further.”

The ultra-efficient A321neo touched down from Budapest this afternoon and received the traditional aviation ‘water arch salute' welcome for maiden aircraft.

The NEO will now regularly operate between the two airports, Wizz Air’s busiest route.