Greece-based Aegean Airlines has ordered two additional Airbus A320ceos for accelerated delivery, adding to a previous order for five A320 aircraft placed in September 2007. Deliveries of the previously ordered aircraft had been deferred due to the economic crisis in Greece.

Delivery of the seven aircraft will begin in June 2015 and will be completed by early 2016.

The aircraft will be equipped with Sharklets and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines.

According to Airbus, these aircraft will be the first A320s in the fleet with an increased takeoff weight capacity of up to 78 tons, enabling the carrier to expand its route network with even longer range operations.

Aegean operates an all-Airbus, single-aisle fleet of 36 A320 family aircraft, including 17 directly purchased.

Aegean chairman Theodoros Vassilakis said the carrier’s decision to take delivery of seven new Airbus A320s “shows its commitment to invest once more in the ongoing qualitative growth of the aviation sector in Greece. Our capabilities are increasing and the existing competitive advantage of the low average age of our aircraft is further enhanced. We are doing everything in our hands to further increase the satisfaction of our passengers and certainly our competitiveness.”