Airbus stated (25-Sep-2012) the 100th A320 family aircraft assembled at Airbus’ A320 Family Final Assembly Line China (FALC) was handed over on 25-Sep-2012 to Air China. This delivery from the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre comes some three years after the first aircraft was delivered on 22-Jun-2009. The new A320, powered by IAE International Aero Engines AG V2500 engines, is configured in a two-class layout with eight business class and 150 economy class seats. The aircraft will be deployed on domestic routes linking Shanghai to other cities in China. Air China now operates 93 A320 family aircraft, one of the largest A320 family fleets in China. To date, more than 700 A320 family aircraft are in service in China. 11 Chinese customers have so far taken deliveries from the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, with the latest delivery bringing the number of V-powered Tianjin A320 family aircraft to 53. Air China currently has a total of 29 V2500-powered A320 family aircraft in service and an additional 11 on backlog. [more - original PR - Airbus] [more - original PR - IAE International Aero Engines AG]
Airbus delivers the 100th A320 family aircraft assembled in China to Air China
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