Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus SAS finalized new deals to provide 68 planes to three clients in China at the Aviation Expo China 2013 in Beijing. The Expo started on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. The company received orders for the Airbus 320 family, which includes the A320 neo aircraft, which is the new engine version of the current A320 model.
Airbus SAS did not comment on the orders’ value and two Chinese clients of the aircraft manufacturer have just received an approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Qingdao Airlines – which was founded in June 2013 – ordered 23 aircraft and the first delivery is scheduled for 2016, however, the airline will commence its operation with some leased aircraft in 2014.
Xiao Liyuan, the president of Qingdao Airlines said, “As a newly established airline, we needed to do thorough research before making a decisionon what aircraft to use to start operations and build up our brand new fleet”. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the second client of Airbus SAS, Zhejiang Loong Airlines Co Ltd, for 20 aircraft from A320-family.
The company’s third client is Bank of China Aviation Pte Ltd – a subsidiary of Bank of China Ltd – which made an order for 25 aircraft from Airbus SAS.
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