Syphax Airlines A320NEO. The order is the first time an Africa based operator ordered the NEO and marks a breakthrough for Airbus. Syphax Airlines, a new Tunisian based airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding to buy three A320NEO Aircraft. The order is the first time an African based carrier has ordered the NEO.

Syphax have also ordered three A320ceo aircraft, the aircraft will be powered by CFM engines.

Mohamed Frikha, Syphax Chairman and Director General, said:  “Syphax Airlines is focused on continuing to grow its Tunisian, North Africa and Europe routes, and an expansion of its network to Asia and North America, through its hubs in Tunis and Sfax while offering passengers a luxurious service.

John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers, said: “Adding the A320neo to our fleet means we can achieve all of these goals while benefitting from a 15 percent fuel saving and cost effectiveness.

“We thank Syphax Airlines for their confidence in Airbus and for being the first African carrier to place an order for our NEO aircraft.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Syphax’s A320neo aircraft operating seamlessly alongside their current A320 fleet, delivering to them savings through reduced maintenance and pilot training costs as a result of the high degree of commonality between the aircraft models.”

The airline already operates two Airbus A319 and three Airbus A320 aircraft and will shortly start operating a leased A330-200.

The A320neo is offered as an option for the Airbus A320 Family and incorporates new more efficient engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings according to the aircraft maker.

At the end of May 2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2125 from 40 customers.