West Air becomes a new Airbus operator
Chongqing-based West Air, a private airline under HNA group, today took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, an A319, at the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre (ATDC), the first Airbus delivery centre outside Europe.
The aircraft is the 26th aircraft assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin. West Air becomes the newest Airbus operator and the eighth operator of Airbus A320 Family aircraft assembled by FALC.
The aircraft, powered by IAE V2500 engines, is configured in a single class cabin layout for 144 passengers. The first commercial flight is planned on 8th August from Chongqing to Wenzhou. The new jet will be deployed on domestic routes from Chongqing to Wenzhou and via Shijiazhuang to Yantai.
By the end of June 2010, 502 A320 Family aircraft are in operation with 12 operators in China. Chinese airlines have ordered close to 600 A320 Family aircraft in total.