China Eastern has become the first Chinese airline to take delivery of an A320 with sharklets, Airbus
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(China Eastern A320 with Sharklets. Photo: Airbus.
The A320 was built and delivered in Tianjin, making it the first sharklet-equipped A320 to be built in China.
“As the first and biggest Airbus customer in China, China Eastern and Airbus have long-term good cooperation. China Eastern is honored to be the first customer of A320 with sharklets in China. In the near future, China Eastern will further expand our sharklet-equipped A320 family fleet”, said Shu Mingjiang, vice president of flight operations, China Eastern.
China Eastern selected to equip the A320 with IAE V2500 engines. Airbus said the aircraft is scheduled to make its first commercial flight this weekend.