Hong Kong-based HK Express has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, which sports the airline’s new livery.

The aircraft, registered B-KKA (MSN11184), is the first of 16 A321neos the low-cost unit of Cathay Pacific Group has on order. The airline has not stated where it would be deploying the type.

20230329 HK Express receives first Airbus A321neo

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HK Express takes delivery of its first A321neo.

The narrowbodies are powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines, and seat 236 passengers. HK Express has selected Recaro as its seat supplier for the A321neos, with an order for over 4,000 SL3710 seats.

HK Express is an all-Airbus narrowbody operator, with eight A321ceos, five A320ceos, as well as nine A320neos in service, according to Cirium fleets data. Parent carrier Cathay is also an A321neo operator, and has 10 examples in service.

In January, HK Express unveiled a revised livery as part of a refreshed corporate branding. The updated livery features the airline’s new logo – a stylised ‘e’ and an updated wordmark – in shades of purple and white.

The delivery comes as HK Express ramps up operations as Hong Kong reopens to international travel. It is eyeing a return to pre-pandemic levels of flying by end-March.