Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways has ordered six A321neo aircraft as part of the fleet expansion it is undertaking to enable it to develop regional destination routes.
The airline yesterday confirmed the order with Airbus for delivery between 2020 and 2022. A spokesperson for the airline said the aircraft would be used for regional routes, but gave no further details on possible destinations.
The additional aircraft mean that TransAsia now has outstanding orders for a total of 18 A321neo aircraft, due for delivery between 2013 to 2022.
“The A321neo is a perfect fit for our strategy to grow efficiently in both domestic and regional markets and is the ideal solution to our fleet needs” said Vincent Lin, chairman of TransAsia Airways. “With its wide cabin and outstanding fuel performance, the A321neo will bring new levels of comfort to our passengers whilst minimising our environmental footprint.”
The airline currently operates four A320-232s and five A321-131s, which it uses for 23 cross-strait routes to Mainland China, and flights to destinations including Singapore, Japan, Macau, Korea and Vietnam.
TransAsia has already begun some regional expansion. On June 28 it launched routes to Osaka, Japan and the following month it began flights to Okinawa, Hakodate, New Chitose, Asahikawa and Kushiro. On May 31, the airline will also launch two weekly flights from Taoyuan to Sanya, China. In August it almost doubled the frequency of its service between Taipei and Singapore, which it launched in June of 2011
In addition, the airline has two wide body A330-300s on order, with the first of them due for delivery before the end of this month. The airline has previously said it plans to begin longer-haul routes to Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East over the next five years (see here).
Domestically, the airline uses a fleet of nine ATR72-500 aircraft and has nine more firm orders, and three more optional orders, for these.
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