Japan’s Peach Aviation has sealed an agreement with Airbus at the Farnborough Airshow to purchase two Airbus A321LRs, which will make it the first Asian airline to operate this aircraft model in Asia as it works towards becoming an established medium-haul LCC in north-east Asia.
The newest member of the A320 family of jets, the A321LR model boasts a range of 7,400km, the longest in the world for a single-aisle jet, and will greatly extend Peach’s reach throughout Asia.
The airline revised its purchase agreement with Airbus concluded in November 2016, updating its order from 10 A320neos to eight A320neos and two A321LRs.
The two A321LRs are expected to be delivered in fiscal 2020. As of 2020, and after completing the merger with Vanilla Air, the Peach fleet will consist of more than 50 aircraft, operated across more than 50 routes.
CEO Shinichi Inoue said in a statement: “By taking on the challenge of establishing a medium-haul LCC business in Japan, we will continue to play a leading role in shaping the history of LCCs in Japan and North-east Asia. The introduction of the A321LR in fiscal 2020 will be the next major step in the evolution of our business and will further accelerate Peach’s transformation into the leading LCC in Asia.”