A&F Aviation, a new Japanese low-cost airline recently established by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment Group, has selected Airbus A320s for its fleet.
The new carrier will use a fleet of 10 A320s to start services from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport in the second half of ANA’s 2011 financial year, which ends of March 31, 2012.
A&F Aviation’s Airbus A320s, leased from GECAS, will each seat 180 passengers in a single-class layout. The jets will be powered by CFM International CFM56-5B/P engines.
“This is a further breakthrough for Airbus in the Japanese market in just three months and is also a clear endorsement of the A320’s unmatched operational reliability and efficiency,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer customers. “We are honored to play a major role in the launch of a brand new airline in Japan and to welcome A&F Aviation as our newest A320 operator.”
ANA became Airbus’ second customer in Japan when it ordered 10 A320s in 1987. The aircraft entered service in early 1991 and ANA now has 27 A320s in service.
With close to 7,000 aircraft ordered, and more than 4,500 aircraft delivered to over 320 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is today the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family.
Some 50 low cost operators worldwide operate more than 1,000 A320-family aircraft.
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