FARNBOROUGH — Japan’s Peach Aviation is set to become the first operator of the A321LR (Long-Range) variant in Asia.

This comes following the conversion of an existing order for two A320neo aircraft.

Peach Aviation will be the first Asian Low-Cost Carrier to operate the A321LR and is also the first Asian carrier to order the units also.

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The aircraft is set to join the Osaka-based low-cost carrier from 2020 respectively.

The A321LR will provide destinations to Peach Aviation for onwards of nine hours flying time.

Peach’s MD and CEO Shinichi Inoue announced the deal alongside Eric Schulz, the Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

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Peach will be able to take advantage of the higher seat capacity, offering around 240 seats in capacity with Airbus’ widest single-aisle fuselage in the sky.

Incorporating the latest engines, Peach will be able to experience a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20% by 2020.

The A321neo itself has captured more than 1,900 orders from over 50 customers, with the aircraft capturing around 80% of market share, making it what Airbus says “the true aircraft of choice in the Middle of the Market”.

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With this conversion, Peach Aviation’s A321LRs will be able to travel up to 4,000 nautical miles on one tank and also offers a 30% reduction in operating costs compared to their nearest competitors.

This is ultimately the beginning of the A321LR opening up into the Asian market.

Although the order is small, it is the small orders that are needed in order to continue its presence in the Asian market respectively.

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The conversion comes just months after Peach’s owner, ANA, announced that Peach and Vanilla Air will merge into one low-cost airline by 2020.

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