Virgin America is signing up as the first firm customer for the Airbus A320 new engine option (NEO), becoming the lead operator for the aircraft. At the Farnborough air show in July, Airbus and Virgin America signed a memorandum of understanding for 40 A320s and 20 options. Virgin America’s deal was finalized for all 60 units as firm orders on Dec. 29. The order is split between A320s and NEOs. The order gives Virgin America “the benefits of a new aircraft without the headaches of a new ...

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