Two new China carriers order 43 Airbus A320s

Airbus has secured commitments for more than 40 of its A320 family of aircraft from two new Chinese airlines - one based in Qinqdao City, ShandongProvince, and the other in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

Qingdao Airlines signed a purchase agreement for 23 aircraft, comprising five regular A320s and 18 of the re-engined upgraded A320neo, at Aviation Expo China 2013 in Beijing, reported Reuters.

Deliveries are expected to begin in 2016.

The airline, which is based at the coastal city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, expects to begin operations in 2014 with leased A320 aircraft.

Separately, Zhejiang Loong Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding for 20 Airbus A320 aircraft. This includes 11 current generation A320s and nine A320neo.

The airline, which is based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, expects to start operations this year.


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