Japanís Peach Aviation is set to become the first
Asian operator of the Airbus A321LR aircraft, following the
conversion of an existing order for ten A320neos into an order for
eight A320neos and two A320LR aircraft.
The new aircraft are expected to join the fleet of the
Osaka-based low cost carrier (LCC) in 2020.
The A321LR is the
longest-range single-aisle aircraft in the world and will enable
Peach Aviation to open new routes from Japan to destinations of up
to nine hours flying time.
A signing ceremony took place on Tuesday at Farnborough Air
Show in England, attended by Shinichi Inoue (pictured), Peach Aviation Managing Director
and CEO, and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
Shinichi Inoue said, "As Japan's first LCC,
Peach has grown earnings and generates profits for five
consecutive years. However, Peach continues to transform itself
and evolve. By taking on the challenge of establishing a
medium-haul LCC business in Japan, we will continue to play a
leading role in shaping the history of LCCs in Japan and Northeast
Asia. The introduction of the A321LR in fiscal 2020 will be the
next major step in the evolution of out business and will further
accelerate Peach's transformation into the leading LCC in Asia."
The A321LR features a new door configuration,
enabling its operators to accommodate up to 240 passengers in
Airbusí widest Single Aisle fuselage in the sky.
option of the A321neo extends the aircraftís range to up to 4,000
nautical miles (7,400 km).
The 2018 list price of the A321neo is US129.5 million.
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