Posted on: 12 December 2012 by Mark Howells
Starflyer has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 to be directly purchased aircraft from Airbus, the first of three of the type ordered by the company in 2011.
Powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines, the aircraft seats 150 passengers in a single-class configuration and will be deployed by Starflyer to strengthen its network in Japan and to regional destinations.
“Thanks to its best-in-class fuel consumption and high reliability, the A320 has played a key role in Starflyer’s success,” remarked the airline’s president and CEO Shinichi Yonehara. “Furthermore, thanks to the A320’s wide cabin, we will be able to continue offering excellent services to our passengers, which is key to gaining competitive advantages in Japan’s increasingly challenging market.”
Starflyer already operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s. The fleet, now eight in number, will grow with the addition of another six via both lease and direct purchase.