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Airbus delivers first A319 assembled in China to Deer Air
Published on: 2009-07-24
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Ramp up for Final Assembly Line China continues on schedule
Airbus has delivered the second aircraft assembled at its Final Assembly Line China (FALC), an A319, just one month after the company handed over the first aircraft assembled in Tianjin, an A320. The aircraft was handed over to Mr. Hu Minbo, Executive Chairman of Deer Air, at a delivery ceremony held at the Airbus (Tianjin) Delivery Centre. The new aircraft becomes the 21st A319 in Deer Air’s fleet.
The aircraft, powered by IAE V2500 engines, has a one-class configuration with 144 economy seats. The aircraft will enter into service on 24th July between Xi'an and Xiamen via Changsha. The A319 will then be operated between Beijing and other Chinese cities. Deer Air is an airline of the HNA Group and operates 21 A319s. The Group itself counts 29 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, including five A330s and three A340s.
Hu Mingbo, Executive Chairman of Deer Air said: “All our aircraft over 100 seat are A319s. The single-type fleet of highly reliable and efficient A319 helps us increase our efficiency and reduce our operational costs. Deer Air is one of the major Airbus aircraft operators in China. We are very proud to take delivery of the first A319 assembled in China.”
“By delivering to Deer Air the first A319 assembled at our Final Assembly Line in China on schedule and on quality, we are proud to illustrate the excellent ramp up of our FALC and the successful cooperation with our Chinese partners. Airbus is committed to providing Chinese airlines with the best products and services to support their development. Deer Air will continue to benefit from the A320 Family’s proven reliability and lowest operating costs and more specifically from the A319 versatility,” said Marc Bertiaux, Airbus China Vice President Airbus Cooperation and Partnership with China.
The A320 Family is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. With more than 6,300 aircraft sold, and over 3,900 aircraft delivered to more than 300 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. The Family comprises four aircraft (A318, A319, A320 and A321) that share unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range.
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