Tue, 22 Aug 2017

Cathay Dragon Signs MOU for 32 Airbus A321neo Aircraft

Cathay Dragon has signed a memorandum of understanding, preparatory to executing formal legal documentation, for the acquisition of 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The MOU, signed on Monday between the Cathay Pacific Group and Airbus in Toulouse, France, is valued at approximately HK$31.7 billion at current list prices.

The new aircraft, which are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2023, are intended to replace Cathay Dragonís existing single-aisle fleet of 23 aircraft, comprising 15 Airbus A320s and eight Airbus A321s.

Cathay Dragon has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), preparatory to executing formal legal documentation, for the acquisition of 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft. Click to enlarge.

 The airline, which also operates 24 wide-body Airbus A330s, currently serves 56 destinations in Asia, including 28 cities in mainland China.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer and Cathay Dragon Chairman, Rupert Hogg, said, ďThe intention to purchase these 32 environmentally-friendly aircraft will allow us to add new destinations to Cathay Dragonís network. We also intend to increase frequencies on some of our most popular routes in order to provide our customers with more travel choices and convenience. Having focused on modernising and expanding Cathay Pacificís long-haul fleet in recent times, this is an exciting new chapter for Cathay Dragon following last yearís rebranding to enhance a seamless travel experience for our customers.Ē

According to Airbusí design specifications, the A321neo has a seating capacity of up to 240 passengers and has an extended range of up to 6,850 km. When delivered, the aircraft will feature Cathay Dragonís latest cabins, seats and inflight entertainment options.

According to Airbus, the aircraft also shows impressive figures in terms of noise reduction, up to 50% less than that of the current A321 aircraft.

John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, said, ďAirbus is proud to have been selected to supply Cathay Dragonís future single-aisle fleet. This is another major endorsement of the A321neo as the aircraft of choice for airlines in the middle-of-the-market segment. The A321neo offers the lowest possible operating costs, longest range capability and most spacious cabin in its class. It will be the perfect aircraft for Cathay Dragon as it builds on its success as one of Asiaís leading regional carriers.Ē

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