Asiana orders 25 A321neo aircraft

South Korea's second-largest carrier announced an order for 25 planes from Airbus to meet rising regional demand.


A321neo Air Busan Airbus Asiana Airlines John Leahy Kim Soo Cheon


Asiana Airlines has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A321neo single aisle aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernisation programme. The new aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s regional services, as well as on selected domestic routes.

The A321neo will join an existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft operated by Asiana Airlines and its low cost subsidiary Air Busan.

“The A320 Family is a proven success with Asiana Airlines and Air Busan, combining reliability, excellent operating economics and superior passenger comfort,” said Kim Soo Cheon, president & CEO, Asiana Airlines. “With the A321neo we will be able to look forward to even greater levels of efficiency, with a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and increased flying range.”

“We are pleased to announce this latest commitment from Asiana Airlines,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, Customers. ” We will be proud to see the A321neo flying in Asiana colours, as part of a fleet that includes aircraft from the entire Airbus product line.”

Asiana Airlines currently operates 33 Airbus singe aisle aircraft, 15 widebody A330-300s and two double deck A380s. In addition to its newly announced commitment for the A321neo, the airline has outstanding orders for four more A380s and 30 all-new A350 XWBs for operation on its long haul network.