This week Airbus announced deliveries of A320 Family aircraft to two Chinese airlines.
Shanghai Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus aircraft
Shanghai Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, an A321 (B-6591), becoming a new operator of Airbus aircraft. The aircraft is the first of 10 A321s ordered by the Shanghai-based carrier in 2006 and 2007.
Powered by IAE V2533-A5 engines, the carrier’s first A321 is fitted in an all-new, comfortable two-class configuration with 178 seats (166 seats in Economy, 12 in Business Class). The aircraft will initially be deployed on domestic routes followed in the future by regional routes including Japan and Korea.
Shanghai Airlines was set up in 1985. Headquartered in Shanghai, the carrier now operates 68 aircraft on more than 170 domestic, regional and international passenger and freighter routes linking over 60 destinations across China and around the world. Shanghai Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance.
Juneyao Airlines takes delivery of its first purchased A320
Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai-based privately-owned carrier, has taken delivery of its first purchased A320.
Juneyao Airlines currently operates 10 leased Airbus aircraft – two A319s and eight A320s – with 10 more A320s, via operating lease and purchase, due to join the fleet by the end of 2012.
The aircraft, the first of six ordered in June 2007, is powered by CFM56 engines and will accommodate 158 passengers in a two-class configuration, including eight first class seats. The airline plans to operate the A320 on routes between Shanghai and some of the most popular tourist destinations in China, as well as other destinations in Asia.