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Thu, 19 July 2018

Japan’s Peach Aviation to Become First Airbus A321LR Operator in Asia

Japan’s 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.

Shinichi Inoue, Peach Aviation Managing Director and CEO. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com. Click to enlarge.

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 Airbus’ widest Single Aisle fuselage in the sky.

The LR option of the A321neo extends the aircraft’s 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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