First Japanese Neo Operator

Kansai-based Peach Aviation has signed a firm order for ten Airbus A320neos and three A320ceos in a deal valued at $1.37bn.

The newly ordered jets will join the carrier’s existing fleet of 18 A320ceos, with a further two examples on order.  The acquisition of the neo means the low-cost carrier becomes the first airline in Japan to purchase the latest member of the popular A320 Family.

Shinichi Inoue, Managing Director and CEO, Peach Aviation, said: “Our A320 fleet is growing as our route network expands, not only in the domestic market but also to various Asian cities.  By introducing the A320neo we will enhance even further our profitability while continuing to offer our passengers greater comfort with 18in (46cm) wide seats.  We also believe the type will strengthen our position in the very competitive Japanese aviation market.”

Peach says it expects the first current-generation A320 from the order to be delivered during its 2018 fiscal year (ending March 2019), followed by the initial A320neo in summer 2019.  The latter will be used to “update” existing aircraft as well as helping with the carrier’s business expansion plans.

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