Japan’s all Nippon Airways (ANA) has become the launch operator of the A321neo powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines.
The airline has taken delivery of its first A321neo configured for 194 passengers with 8 premium class seats and 186 economy class seats.
The airline will start scheduled commercial services on domestic routes from mid-September.
ANA has also announced that the new A321neo is the first aircraft in the airline, that will operate on domestic routes with in-flight entertainment systems fitted on all seats.
ANA currently operates 16 A320 Family aircraft, with another 29 on order.
Parent company ANA HOLDINGS (ANA HD) also has three A380s on order.
The A321 can seat between 185 and 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration, chosen by the customer.
The A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of 15 per cent per seat from day one and 20 per cent by 2020.
The aircraft has the ability tofly up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometres) non-stop – further than any other single-aisle airliner.