Bogota - The South American low-cost airline Viva Air began to receive the first seven Airbus 320 out of 50 on order. The carrier expects to finish incorporating the new aircraft into its fleet in 2023.

With the arrival of new aircraft, Viva Air plans to extend its operations from Colombia and Peru to a third country in the region.

Owned and controlled by the Irish Irelandia Aviation, the airline invested around 5,2 billion USD for this purchase from the European manufacturer as part of its business plan to become the leading low-cost airline in Latin America.

Airbus will deliver all 50 copies to the South American low-cost between this year and 2023. The first 15 aircraft are the A320ceo model, and the remaining 35 are of the A320neo model.

Our current bases are Colombia and Peru, but we are looking for a third country that we can not comment on yet. 2019 will be the consolidation year in Colombia and Peru, 2020 onwards we could see a third country,
said the CEO Felix Antelo during the presentation of an aircraft with a pink livery, a symbol of prevention to remind women the importance of self-examination in early detection of breast cancer.

Viva Air currently operates 32 routes in Colombia, Peru, and destinations that include Miami, in the United States, with a fleet of nineteen aircraft.

The company reached an occupancy rate of more than 80 percent this year and will end 2018 with almost four million passengers in Colombia and 900,000 in Peru. Antelo expects an increase in demand in the immediate future.

Viva Air was founded by Irelandia Aviation, leading developer of low-cost airlines in the world.

Irelandia Aviation has successfully developed low-cost airlines such as Ryanair in Europe, Tiger Airways in Asia, Allegiant in the United States, VivaAerobus in Mexico, Viva Air Colombia and Viva Air Peru, adding up to a fleet of more than 420 airplanes and transporting more than 1 billion passengers.