Canada Jetlines has completed a second set of advance payments to aircraft lessor AerCap for two Airbus A320 aircraft, due to be delivered to the ultra-low-fare carrier in the second quarter of 2019.
The aircraft, registered MSN 2594 and 2663, are expected to be received early in the second quarter, says the Canadian start-up airline. Both are currently with Air New Zealand and approaching the end of their lease service with that carrier. Canada Jetlines made another deposit to AerCap for US$438,000 per the terms of the agreement and in demonstration of the continued partnership. It has made total payments so far of $2,190,000 toward securing these aircraft.
The two A320s are sister aircraft, with virtually identical conformity in design, features, and equipment, adds the airline, which it says will allow it to expedite the necessary training and maintenance processes to commence operations at an earlier date. Both aircraft are approximately 12 years old.
AerCap has retained the services of AKKA Technologies, an aerospace design organisation, to complete the cabin interior reconfiguration engineering approval with the engineering now underway. Acro Aircraft Seating has also been retained as a part of the cabin reconfiguration to manufacture new Acro Series 3 ST seats.
CEO Javier Suarez said: “Our operations team has worked diligently on securing quality aircraft, carrying out a meticulous vetting process to ensure that the aircraft are fit for Jetlines’ ultra-low-cost operation. As a part of the process, Jetlines retained Lufthansa Technik to accomplish the preliminary inspection prior to the lease agreement completion to ensure the aircraft suitability and condition.
“Both AerCap and Air New Zealand have been proactive in supporting the transfer of data and information to Jetlines in order to allow the early entry into service. We look forward to getting these aircraft off the ground and to finally bring low fares to Canada.”