ANA–First Eastern JV low-fare airline selects A320s

A&F Aviation, the joint venture (JV) low-fare airline established by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment Group, has chosen the Airbus A320 to start services from Kansai International Airport, Osaka, in the second half of FY2011.

A fleet of ten CFM56-powered A320s, configured with 180 seats in a single-class layout, will be leased from GECAS. A Letter of Intent for the initial aircraft has been signed between the airline and the lessor.

A & F Aviation CEO Shinichi Inoue, commented, “We have been conducting an in-depth study to identify the most suitable aircraft to support our growth plans. We are delighted that we will be launching our airline with an aircraft that is so popular with the travelling public.”

“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,” claimed 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 ten A320s in 1987. The aircraft entered service in early 1991.

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