Sichuan Airlines today became the latest A319 customer after ordering four of the aircraft from Airbus. The aircraft, powered by IAE V2500 engines, are scheduled for delivery from 2004 to 2005.
The four A319s are part of the General Terms Agreement (GTA) signed on April 25 in Beijing by the China Aviation Supplies Imp & Exp Group Corporation (CASGC) and Airbus for a firm bulk order of 30 Airbus aircraft.
The Chengdu-based carrier plans to deploy the aircraft mainly at the newly opened Jiuhuang Airport, which is around 3,400 meters / 11,200 feet above sea level.
‘We will also benefit from the A319’s commonality with our A320s and A321s, which will help us reduce training and maintenance costs, and increase our operational flexibility,’ said Lan Xinguo, President of Sichuan Airlines.
Earlier this week Airbus received an order from Aer Lingus for seven Airbus A320s. In addition to the purchased aircraft Aer Lingus has contracted to lease ten new A320s from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).
All seventeen aircraft are due to be delivered by the end of 2005 and will be powered by CFM 56-5 engines from CFM international.