Japan's Newest Airline to Launch with Airbus A320s

Feb. 16, 2011
A&F Aviation will lease 10 A320 jets.

A&F Aviation has selected Airbus A320 aircraft to start low-cost services from Kansai International Airport in the second half of fiscal-year 2011.

The Japanese airline, recently established by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and First Eastern Investment Group, will lease 10 A320 jets from GE Capital Aviation Services.

The jets, which will seat 180 passengers each in a single-class layout, will be powered by CFM International engines, according to Airbus.

"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," said 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 10 A320s in 1987. The aircraft entered service in early 1991.

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