Wizz Air will operate the inaugural flight of its A321 neo aircraft from London Luton to the Polish city of Poznan this afternoon.

The aircraft is the first ever Pratt and Whitney GTF-powered A321 neo in the UK, and will be based at London Luton. In terms of sustainability, the aircraft provides 20 per cent fuel cost savings and an almost 50 per cent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

Additionally, the engine has been proven to reduce fuel burn by 16 per cent and nitrogen oxide emissions by half.

The airline will offer a €321 voucher to a passenger chosen at random onboard today’s inaugural flight, which will depart London Luton airport at 1355.

Wizz Air plans to take delivery of a further three A321 neo aircraft this year, helping to support the airline’s ambitious growth strategy in the UK. The low-cost carrier recently opened new bases at Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield and will open a new base at Cardiff airport this spring with nine new routes.

Owain Jones, Managing Director at Wizz Air UK, said:

“Today marks another major landmark for Wizz Air UK. We already operate one of the youngest fleets in Europe, but the arrival and inaugural flight of our first Airbus A321neo aircraft, the first Pratt and Whitney GTF-powered A321neo in the country, represents a significant step forward not only for our growth in the UK market but enhancing the sustainability of our operations. Flying the very latest aircraft technology has always been a cornerstone of WIZZ’s business, with the benefits of lower fuel consumption and lower noise delivering benefits for our customers and the environment.

“Although only essential travel is currently permitted, we will have four brand new A321neos in the Wizz Air UK fleet by the time restrictions are lifted and the whole Wizz Air UK team is really looking forward to welcoming passengers back on-board to provide the fantastic service our customers have come to know us for.”

Jonathan Rayner, Chief Commercial Officer at London Luton Airport, added:

“The inaugural flight of this new, quieter aircraft and the decision to base more Airbus neo aircraft at LLA is great news for our passengers and our local communities. We’re working hard supporting all our airlines to make sure we continue to see the roll out of quieter, more efficient aircraft, which will play a vital role in the delivery of the airport’s sustainable growth plan.”

Wizz Air states that it has one of the lowest carbon emission rates in the European aviation industry, and launched a carbon offsetting scheme in partnership with Chooose last year to further support its sustainability commitments.