Airbus’ A320 is set to be the launch aircraft for new Korean start-up carrier KAIR Airlines, following confirmation of an order for eight A320s by the soon-to-launch airline. The carrier, which will be based in Cheongju in central South Korea, is scheduled to begin its low-cost operations in 2018.
Details of how the A320 will be configured by the low-cost carrier have yet to be announced, though according to Byung Ho Kang, KAIR Airlines representative director and chairman, the airline “will focus on point-to-point services at low fares while offering passengers a modern and fun product offering”.
That said, according to Airbus the A320 family typically seats between 100 to 240 passengers with an 18-inch seat width for economy class seating being standard. The A320 is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft, the company adds, with more than 13,000 orders and over 7,400 aircraft delivered to approximately 400 customers around the world.
“We see enormous potential for the development of a low-cost model linking central South Korea with destinations in China, Taiwan and Japan,” said Byung Ho Kang. “Brand new A320 aircraft will be perfect for our business model and customers, combining the lowest operating costs with the widest cabin in the single aisle market.”