China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) and Chinese leasing company ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (ICBC Leasing) have signed agreements with Airbus for a total of 88 A320-family jets.
CAS’ General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for 88 A320-family aircraft was signed on June 28 in Berlin by Li Hai, president of CAS and Tom Enders, president and CEO of Airbus.
As part of the GTA, ICBC Leasing signed a firm order with Airbus for 42 A320-family aircraft. The agreement was signed by Li Xiaopeng, senior executive vice president of ICBC and chairman of ICBC Leasing, and Tom Enders. This is the first order that ICBC Leasing has placed directly with an aircraft manufacturer.
So far ICBC has 68 aircraft in its portfolio. ICBC Leasing is a subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank by market capitalization.
“Since the first A320-family aircraft was introduced in China in 1995, the Airbus single aisle programme has played an important role in supporting the fast Chinese civil aviation growth,” said Li Hai. “The A320’s high reliability and low operational cost have made them very popular among Chinese airlines. The outstanding eco-efficient performance of the Airbus A320 family will contribute significantly to the sustainable development of Chinese civil aviation.”
“After a thorough assessment and study of the market, we have decided to place our very first order with Airbus for its A320 family. This strategic decision to start with the A320 Family aircraft will help our customers to develop their business in the most profitable and sustainable way,” said ICBC Leasing’s Li Xiaopeng.
By the end of May 2011, there were some 575 A320-family aircraft in operation with 13 Chinese airlines.
Not such good news for Airbus are news reports that the Chinese government is holding up a $3.7 billion order for 10 A380 super-jumbos from Hainan Airlines subsidiary Hong Kong Airlines to put pressure on the European Union to exempt Chinese carriers from the EU-wide emissions trading scheme that is due to go into effect in 2012 for all airlines flying within and to Europe.