Asiana Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent
(LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A321neo single aisle
aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernisation programme.
Seating 180 passengers in a two class layout,
the new aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s regional
services, as well as on selected domestic routes.
Asiana has not yet unveiled its engine of choice
for the aircraft.
The A321neo will join an existing fleet of A320
Family aircraft operated by Asiana Airlines and its low cost
subsidiary Air Busan, with the A321 set to become the primary
single aisle type at both units.
“The A320 Family
is a proven success with Asiana Airlines and Air Busan, combining
reliability, excellent operating economics and superior passenger
comfort,” said Kim Soo Cheon, President & CEO, Asiana Airlines.
“With the A321neo we will be able to look forward to even greater
levels of efficiency, with a 20 per cent reduction in fuel
consumption and increased flying range. The acquisition of the
A321neo underscores our strategy to operate only the most modern
and efficient aircraft that the industry has to offer.”
In addition to
this new commitment for the A321neo, the airline has
outstanding orders with Airbus for four more A380s and 30 all-new
A350 XWBs for operation on its long haul network.
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