Japanese carrier Peach Aviation Limited has purchased a total of 13 new Airbus aircraft to add to its fleet, comprising three A320 and ten A320neo planes, in a sale that has been valued at an estimated US$1.4 billion, according to Bloomberg.
The purchase makes Peach the first Japanese LCC to order an A320neo aircraft, the first of which is scheduled to be received in mid-2019 with the remaining aircraft expected to be delivered over a period of two years.
Peach currently has 18 A320 aircraft in its fleet, which will be updated to the A320neo starting 2019. The additional three A320s the carrier has purchased are expected to be delivered in 2018, with all 13 new aircraft to be used as part of the airline’s business expansion.
The A320neos are set to feature a total of 188 seats, while the three new A320 will have 180 seats.
Peach’s order comes as fellow Asia-based LCC, HK Express took delivery of its first A321 in late October. HK Express has a further 11 A321s and 12 A320neos currently on order.