Wed, Nov 03, 2004
At Least A Dozen European Airliners Headed For China
Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery
of its first Airbus A319 aircraft, becoming a new customer for the
type. The A319 aircraft will seat up to 132 passengers in a very
comfortable and flexible two-class layout and are equipped by V2500
engines from International Aero Engines to meet requirements of
At the same time, Airbus announced it had sold eight more to
Both sales come in the midst of China's biannual air show in
The Sichuan sale marks the first of the four A319s ordered by
the Chengdu-based carrier in 2003, and the remaining three will be
delivered from December 2004 to 2005.
"We are pleased to deploy the modern aircraft on the routes
linking with Jiuzhai Valley, Panzhihua, Lijiang and other
high-altitude areas in west China, and will put the A319s into
operation at Lhasa, Tibet in the future," said Lan Xinguo, Chairman
and President of Sichuan Airlines.
"We are extremely happy to see that the performance of the A319
is able to meet the stringent operational requirements at the
challenging airports," said Airbus President and CEO Noel Forgeard.
"Airbus attaches great importance to its traditional relations with
Sichuan Airlines and we are convinced that the A319 will further
boost the fast development of Sichuan Airlines."
The relationship between Airbus and the Sichuan Airlines can be
dated back to 1995, when the Chengdu-based carrier became the first
A320 operator and first fly-by-wire operator on the Chinese
mainland. Currently, it has a fleet of 10 A320s and four A321s,
which have been operating successfully.
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