SINGAPORE — Singapore-based aircraft leasing company VmoAir announced the purchase of one Airbus A350-900 aircraft from China's ABC Financial Leasing. The aircraft is intended for the South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines.

"This transaction marks the commencement of a new airline relationship with one of the largest airlines in South Korea and an increasingly important player in the East Asian region," said Marilyn Gan, Venmo Aircraft Leasing's Senior Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific.

"We are very pleased to partner with both the ABC Leasing and Asiana teams on this transaction and look forward to continued growth opportunities in the Asia Pacific region."

The aircraft will be equipped with the Trent XWB-84 engines and configured in a three-class layout featuring a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium, and 247 in the main cabin. Asiana was the 12th airline to operate Airbus' twin-engine widebody airliner. The carrier currently operates 13 A350-900s, mostly deployed on its long-haul routes to Europe and the U.S.

Eight more will join the Asiana's fleet over time, along with the nine A350-1000, the larger variant of the A350XWB Family.