A320s FOR PEACH
Peach Airlines has ordered 13 more A320 Family aircraft (13 A320neos, three A320ceos). The deal is significant because it marks another step forward for Airbus into the Japanese market, historically dominated by Boeing, after earlier agreements with All Nippon Airways for three A380s and 37 A320ceos and Japan Airlines for 31 A350-900s (plus 25 options). A320neo deliveries to Peach will start in summer 2019.
AIRCRAFT SOUGHT BY SA EXPRESS
South African Express is seeking to lease 20 aircraft over the next five years. Chief Executive Officer Inati Ntshanga recently said the airline is in advanced discussions with lessors and wants a common fleet by 2022. As the current leases expire, its existing 50-70 seat aircraft will be replaced with 90-seaters. Aircraft under consideration include the COMAC C919, Mitsubishi MRJ90, Sukhoi Superjet 100, Bombardier CRJ900 and Embraer 190, with the latter favoured. A decision is expected around February. SA Express is a feeder to South African Airways using ten Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, ten CRJ 200s and two CRJ 700s, which fly to 19 destinations in the Southern African Development Community region. It flies 1.5 million passengers annually. Guy Martin