The 100th A320-family aircraft assembled at Airbus’ A320 Family Final Assembly Line China (FALC) was handed over on September 25 to Air China.
Delivery of the milestone aircraft from the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre comes 39 months after the first Airbus A320-family jet was delivered from the Tianjin final assembly line on June 22, 2009.
The new A320, powered by IAE V2500 engines, is configured in a typical 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, according to Airbus.
Air China now operates 93 A320-family aircraft, making it one of the biggest A320-family operators in China.
On August 31, visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao presided over a gathering of some 1,000 people in Tianjin to celebrate the completion of the 100th A320-family aircraft assembled at the Airbus A320 Family FALC.
To date, more than 700 Airbus A320-family aircraft are in service in China. Eleven Chinese customers have so far taken deliveries from the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre.
As of today, more than 8,600 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been sold and more than 5,200 delivered to over 370 customers and operators worldwide.
More than 11,800 Airbus aircraft have been sold to more than 480 customers and operators worldwide and Airbus has delivered more than 7,400 commercial jets since the company first entered the market in the early 1970s. Airbus is an EADS company.