China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed a general terms agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the purchase of 70 Airbus A320-family aircraft.
All 70 of the new Airbus A320-family jets purchased by CAS for operation by Chinese carriers will be assembled at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line China (FALC) at Tianjin.
The GTA was signed by Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO; and Li Hai, president of CAS. Airbus hasn’t yet confirmed if the aircraft will be A320ceo-family jets or if the order will include any Airbus A320neo-family aircraft.
“We are grateful to China for its strong vote of confidence in our leading A320 Family aircraft, and are happy to see them assembled at our Chinese facilities,” said Brégier. “Our 30-year history of partnership with China keeps growing and expanding through these types of agreements.”
The in-service Airbus fleet with Chinese operators now comprises more than 1,060 aircraft, made up of around 140 A330-family widebodies and over 920 A320-family single-aisle jets).
Airbus forecasts a demand in China for more than 5,300 new commercial aircraft with cabin capacities of more than 100 seats, plus freighters, in the 20 year period from 2014 to 2033.
Today more than 900 in-service Airbus A320-family aircraft operate with 16 Chinese carriers and over 190 A320-family aircraft have been assembled and delivered from the FALC in Tianjin.
To date, the Airbus A320 family has accumulated orders for more than 11,000 aircraft and over 6,200 examples have been delivered.