Starflyer Takes Delivery of First Directly Purchased A320

Japanese low-cost carrier Starflyer has taken delivery of its first ever directly purchased aircraft, an Airbus A320, during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France.  The aircraft is the first of three A320s ordered by the company in 2011, and is powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines.  It will accommodate 150 passengers in a single-class configuration.  Starflyer
will deploy the new aircraft to strengthen its network in Japan and to regional
destinations.
Starflyer’s President and CEO Shinichi Yonehara commented: “Thanks to its best-in-class fuel consumption and high reliability, the A320 has played a key role in our success.  Furthermore, thanks to the A320’s wide cabin, we will be able to continue offering excellent services to our passengers, which is key to gaining competitive advantages in Japan’s increasingly challenging market.”
Starflyer already operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s, the first of which was delivered in Toulouse seven years ago.  With the latest aircraft, the airline’s fleet will raise to eight A320s, with another six to be delivered both via lease and direct purchase.