The group Cathay of Hong Kong announced the purchase of 32 additional aircraft of the Airbus family A320neoas it continues to invest in the expansion and modernization of its fleet.
This agreement doubles the Cathay Group’s total orders for the A320neo family, to 64of which 13 have already been delivered. The additional 32 devices will include both the A321neo And the A320neo who will join the fleets of Cathay Pacific and of HK Express. They will mainly serve destinations in mainland China and elsewhere in Asia. “Cathay is one of the world’s leading airline groups and we are proud to be part of its recovery and growth plan”commented Christian Scherer, commercial director and international director of Airbus. “Operating from the Cathay Group’s base in the heart of Asia, the A320neo family will enable it to expand its services in the region with the most efficient single-aisle fleet and positive differentiation in passenger comfort. With a significant reduction in fuel consumption, the aircraft will also make an immediate contribution to the Cathay Group’s sustainability goals. »
The order comes as Cathay Pacific seeks to renovate its fleet and increase its services to meet the recovery in demand for air travel in the region. Cathay Pacific currently operates a robust widebody fleet of aircraft A330, A350 and Boeing 777. However, its narrow-body operations are lagging, with the recently delivered A320neos serving as the backbone of its short- and medium-haul operations.
Alongside its latest A320neo order, the carrier also has a pending order for 20 777-9. However, their delivery was postponed until 2025 as soon as possible. Cathay Pacific is also reportedly considering an additional A330neo or A350 order to replace its 42 aging A330-300s and meet capacity needs from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
With more than 9,700 orders from more than 130 customers, the A320neo family is the most popular single-aisle aircraft in the world.