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16 July 2009
16. July 2009 Commercial Aircraft

China's Juneyao Airlines takes delivery of its first purchased A320


Privately-owned carrier reinforces competitiveness with highly efficient Airbus fleet

Privately-owned carrier reinforces competitiveness with highly efficient Airbus fleet

Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai-based privately-owned carrier, has taken delivery of its first purchased A320 during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France.

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.

"We have been operating Airbus A320 Family aircraft since September 2006 and their high efficiency and low operational costs have helped us win market share on China's most competitive routes. Thanks to our Airbus A320 Family fleet, we have managed to implement our strategic vision: developing our company into an international airline that provides high quality service with an extended network, while ensuring excellent profitability," said Wang Junjin, Chairman of Juneyao Airlines.

"We are pleased that Juneyao Airlines is adding to its Airbus A320 Family fleet with self purchased aircraft. This is a clear demonstration of confidence in the A320 Family aircraft, which is the first choice for many low cost operators," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "The commonality of Airbus aircraft will definitely offer operational and economic advantages for the airline's future development."

The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Each aircraft features fly-by-wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range. More than 6,300 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and nearly 3,900 delivered to some 300 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world's best-selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the world wide standard wide-body system. By the end of May 2009, almost 400 A320 Family aircraft are in operation with 11 operators in China. Chinese airlines have ordered close to 600 A320 Family aircraft in total.

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