Japanese value-based airline Starflyer has taken delivery of its first-ever directly purchased aircraft, an Airbus A320, during a delivery ceremony at Airbus’ final assembly line in Toulouse.
The aircraft is the first of three Airbus A320 single-aisle jets ordered by Starflyer in 2011 and is powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines. It will accommodate 150 passengers in a single-class configuration.
Starflyer will deploy the new aircraft to strengthen its network in Japan and to regional destinations, according to Airbus.
“Thanks to its best-in-class fuel consumption and high reliability, the A320 has played a key role in Starflyer’s success,” said Shinichi Yonehara, Starflyer’s president and CEO. “Furthermore, thanks to the A320’s wide cabin, we will be able to continue offering excellent services to our passengers, which is key to gaining competitive advantages in Japan’s increasingly challenging market.”
Starflyer already operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s, the first of which was delivered in Toulouse exactly seven years ago. With the aircraft delivered on December 12, the airline’s fleet will raise to eight A320s and it has another six to be delivered via lease and direct purchase.
According to the manufacturer, the Airbus A320 family achieves 99.8% dispatch reliability. Airbus claims that as a result of the A320 family’s extended maintenance intervals the family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle commercial aircraft today.
More than 5,300 A320-family aircraft are in airline operation, with more than 380 customers and operators.
Uniquely, the A320 family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard widebody cargo container system.