Japanese airline ANA’s holding company has firmed up an order for seven Airbus A320neo and 23 A321neos on 30 July 2014. The initial agreement was announced in March 2014. Deliveries will start from 2016.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) becomes the first A320neo customer in Japan. The aircraft will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines, to which Japanese Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC) contributes on a 23 percent share basis. JAEC is a consortium of three Japanese companies: IHI (65%), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (25%), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (10%).
The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of PW1100G-JM engines. It will soon start ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in Q3 2014, paving the way for Entry Into Service in Q4 2015.
Compared to the current Airbus A320s in the ANA fleet the neos have larger Sharklet wing-tip devices and deliver up to 15 percent savings on fuel.