Hong Kong’s low-cost carrier HK Express has received its first Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The new aircraft is the first of 16 Airbus A321neo aircraft ordered by HK Express. The airline, a member of the Cathay Pacific Group, expects to receive the all aircraft over the next two years.
Featuring the longest fuselage of Airbus’s single-aisle A320 Family, the A321neo seats 236 passengers, six more than the carrier’s current A321ceo aircraft.
The cabin has a single class with a 3-3 layout.
The A321neo also features the Airbus Airspace cabin, which offers modern, comfortable seats which are 18 inch-wide, allowing passengers decent personal space. It has a wider aisle than previous and plenty of overhead storage space.
HK Express’ A321neo is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines which have a 15% fuel burn reduction.
All Airbus operator
HK Express is an all-Airbus operator, with its current fleet comprising 27 A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A321ceo, 10 A320neo, five A320ceo and its first A321neo.
The A321neo is part of the A320neo Family, which incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets, together delivering more than 20 percent fuel and CO2 savings, as well as a 50 percent noise reduction.
To date, the A320neo Family has received more than 8,600 firm orders from over 130 customers worldwide.
Anand Stanley, President Airbus Asia-Pacific:
“Airbus is proud to extend our relationship with the Cathay Pacific Group, and this new delivery represents a new milestone in our long relationship. The A321neo’s performance and efficiency will allow HK Express to expand its network, while reducing its carbon footprint.”
New HK Express livery
At the A321neo debut ceremony, HK Express unveiled the new aircraft livery. which reflects the low-cost carrier’s latest brand identity. The aircraft’s body is painted in the iconic shades of purple and white, embellished with the new Cyan, while the new “e” shaped journey symbol is painted on winglets, vertical stabiliser and the bottom of the fuselage.