TransAsia Airways has announced placed a firm order with Airbus for six A321neo aircraft. The new narrow-body planes will enable the Taiwan-based airline to boost its regional services, especially on direct cross-Strait routes to mainland China. TransAsia will announce an engine selection for the new aircraft in the near future.
TransAsia Airways currently operates five A321s and two A320s on domestic and regional services. In addition to the order announced today, the airline already has six sharklet-fitted A321s on order for future delivery.
“With 18 years of successful operations with the A320 Family we have benefited from the low operating costs and exceptional reliability offered by the Airbus single aisle product line,” said Vincent Lin, Chairman of TransAsia Airways. “The A321neo will fit seamlessly into our existing fleet from an operational viewpoint, bringing new levels of fuel efficiency and having less impact on our environment.”
“This order from TransAsia represents another vote of confidence from the Asian region in the latest versions of the best-selling A320 Family,” said John Leahy, Airbus’s Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “No other aircraft in the 185-220 seat category will come close to the levels of efficiency offered by the A321neo, which will fly further at significantly less cost than the latest version of its direct competitor.”
The A321neo is the largest model in the recently launched A320neo series. Incorporating new engines and large wing tip devices called sharklets, the A320neo series pledges to deliver fuel savings of 15 percent and additional range capability of 500 nautical miles (950km).