More orders for Airbus as South Korea’s Asiana Airlines pens deal for 25 A321 jets
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has signed a deal with Airbus to buy 25 A321neo single aisle aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernisation programme.
The 180 seat aircraft’s wings are made at the Airbus Broughton site,
The new jets will operate on the carrier’s regional services, as well as on selected domestic routes.
The A321neo will join an existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft operated by Asiana Airlines and its low cost subsidiary Air Busan.
Kim Soo Cheon, President & CEO, Asiana Airlines said:
“The A320 Family is a proven success with Asiana Airlines and Air Busan, combining reliability, excellent operating economics and superior passenger comfort. 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.”
Asiana Airlines currently operates 33 Airbus singe aisle aircraft, 15 widebody A330-300s and two double deck A380s.
In addition to its newly announced commitment for the A321neo, the airline has outstanding orders for four more A380s and 30 all-new A350 XWBs for operation on its long haul network.
Meanwhile, Air Busan currently operates nine A320 Family aircraft on its domestic and regional services.