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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Air China Orders 100 Airbus A320s

By Woodrow Bellamy III

Air China has committed to purchasing 100 A320 family aircraft, a $9.6 billion order according to current Airbus list prices. 
The order includes 60 aircraft for Air China, 27 of which are A320 current engine option (A320ceo) and 33 A320 new engine option (A320neo) aircraft, confirmed by a spokesperson for Airbus. Shenzen Airlines, a subsidiary of Air China, will receive the remaining 40 aircraft, including 13 A320ceos and 27 A320neos. 
Existing A320s are powered by Pratt & Whitney's V2500 engines, with CFM's 56-5B engines also a featured option. The two new jet engine choices include CFM's LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G PurePower. 
Through the order, Air China appears to be looking to accommodate for projected growth in one of the world's fastest growing markets, as Airbus projects China will be the single biggest market for new aircraft deliveries through the year 2031. Passenger traffic in China is expected to surpass the U.S. over the next 20 years to become number one in air traffic flow, according to the 2012 Airbus global market forecast. 
Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2014. 

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