Cathay Pacific and Airbus to finalize the order for 32 A321neo
Airbus has finalized with Cathay Pacific the sale of 32 A321 NEOs for a catalog price of $ 4 billion (3.4 billion euros). The Hong Kong company had signed the initial agreement this year in August for its regional subsidiary Cathay Dragon.
According to Airbus, the A320 family is the best-selling single-aisle in the world, which is available in four versions: A318, A319, A320, and A321.
The 32 single-aisle aircraft with a configuration of 240 passengers will be operated by Cathay Dragon. The subsidiary of Cathay Pacific operates a regional network linking its Hong Kong base with various destinations in Asia. They will allow Cathay Pacific to replace and thus modernize the current fleet of Cathay Dragon which has 15 A320s and 8 A321s.
The A321 NEO is the stretched version of Airbus single-aisle and is now rivaled by the 737 MAX 10 of Boeing, whose launch was announced at the International Paris Air Show in June 2017.
According to Airbus, the A320 family is the best-selling single-aisle in the world, which is available in four versions: A318, A319, A320, and A321. It can accommodate from 100 to 240 passengers. To date, more than 13,200 devices have been ordered and over 7,700 delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide. The A320neo family alone approaches the 5200 orders in three versions: A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo.
Meanwhile, the order of American Airlines for 22 Airbus A350-900 is still under discussion. The initial contract dates back to 2005 and has since been postponed twice. The president of the US company suggested that the number of aircraft ordered was too low to justify the inclusion of a new model, meaning in other words that it believes the A350s are out of standardization of the fleet.