The Chinese airline Xiamen Airlines has placed an order with Airbus of 40 single-aisle A320neo family aircraft, the aircraft manufacturer announced on Thursday 22 September. Xiamen Airlines, based in Xiamen (Fujian, southeast) and a subsidiary of the China Southern group, has so far exclusively operated aircraft of the competitor boeing. “It is moving to Airbus to grow its fleet, becoming Airbus’ newest customer,” the European group said in a statement.
The company did not specify whether these were A320neo or longer A321neo aircraft, nor did it give the amount of the contract. At the last list price, never applied, the order would exceed four billion dollars. This new Chinese contract comes almost three months after a mega order from a group of companies from the former Middle Kingdom: 292 aircraft, again from the A320neo family, for Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Shenzhen Airlines.
Although weakened by the pandemic, airlines around the world are seeking to prepare for the growth in global traffic, which is expected to double in the next twenty years compared to 2019. To do this, they are preparing to renew their fleets with more modern aircraft, consuming less fuel and therefore emitting less CO2. And if air traffic in China continues to be stunted by the severe health restrictions in the country, it should explode in the coming years. The fleet of aircraft in service (...)
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