At the Paris Air Show on June 16, Airbus has announced commitments from Asian carriers EVA Air and Peach Aviation, for four A330-300s and three A320s respectively.
EVA Air of Taiwan has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to order four additional A330-300s, to add to 11 A330-200s and three A330-300s the airline already has in service.
As with its existing A330 fleet, EVA Air’s four new Airbus A330-300s will be powered by CF6-80 engines by General Electric.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport-based EVA Air currently operates a fleet of 29 Airbus aircraft, including 14 A330s and 15 A321s, and it has nine more A321s on order.
Some of the A321s are operated by UNI Air, EVA Air’s domestic and regional subsidiary carrier.
On June 16, also at the Paris Air Show, Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation has signed a firm order for three A320s.
A signing ceremony was held at the show, the purchase contract being signed by Peach Aviation President Shinichi Inoue and Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers, John Leahy.
The June 16 purchase is Peach Aviation’s first direct order from Airbus.
Peach Aviation, which is based at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and also has a hub at Naha Airport on the Japanese far-south island of Okinawa, currently operates 14 leased A320s, with three more to be delivered on lease as well as the three A320s it has newly ordered.
Each of Peach Aviation’s new A320s will seat 180 passengers in a single-class layout and will be powered by CFM International CFM56-5 Tech Insertion engines.
“We have been operating A320s since March 2012, when we inaugurated our service from Kansai International Airport,” says Inoue. “The Airbus aircraft have played a key role in our success, offering excellent cost efficiency combined with an outstanding operational reliability. Its comfortable cabin feauring18-inch seats and the wider aisle are highly appreciated by our passengers.”
Peach Aviation operates flight services on domestic routes and international routes across Asia.