Sichuan Airlines also becomes the Chinese launch customer for V2500Select and will extend this aftermarket agreement to cover their fleet of 14 additional V2500-powered Airbus A320 family aircraft in a deal worth more than $370m to IAE.
Under their V2500Select agreement, Sichuan Airlines will also become the inaugural mainland China operator to introduce the SelectOne build standard of engines delivered after mid-2008.
IAE’s Vice President, China, Craig Welsh said: “Sichuan Airlines has established itself as a pioneering force in China’s rapidly-growing aviation industry. The airline was the mainland China launch customer for the V2500 and the Airbus A320 in 1995, and has further enhanced its ground-breaking reputation by opting to back its V2500-powered fleet expansion with V2500Select’.
The 22,000-33,000lb of thrust V2500-A5 is available in seven different thrust settings to power the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 family of aircraft as well as the A319 Corporate Jet.