Published on October 16th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
GECAS Provides Air Blue First A321NX
GECAS has delivered the first Airbus A321-200NX to Pakistani airline Air Blue. The aircraft is the first A320neo family aircraft to enter service with a Pakistani airline and was delivered from the Airbus facilities in Hamburg via a fuel stop at Novosibirsk International Airport to Karachi on 15th October. The aircraft, AP-BOE (c/n 10162) had made its first flight on 4th May. Taking delivery of the first Airbus A320neo family of aircraft to operate in Pakistan adds to Air Blue’s history of firsts in Pakistani aviation, including initiating e-ticketing and self-check-in kiosk facilities in the country.
Commenting on the delivery, GECAS’ Senior Vice President & Region Manager, Mick O’Mahony said, “GECAS is delighted to support Air Blue’s fleet expansion with this CFM LEAP-powered neo as they grow their operations throughout the region.”
Also commenting was Air Blue Deputy Managing Director Operations, Sadia Mohammad who added, “Air Blue is privileged to bring this new-technology 237-seat A321NX narrowbody into service. It is a great complement to our all Airbus A320 family fleet with 95% airframe commonality and enhanced fuel efficiency. Additionally, we look forward to the delivery of our second Airbus A321NX from GECAS later this year.”