Shanghai Airlines has taken delivery of its
first Airbus aircraft, an A321. The aircraft is the first of 10
A321s ordered by the Shanghai-based carrier in 2006 and 2007.
Powered by IAE V2533-A5 engines, the carrier's first A321 is
fitted in an all-new, two-class configuration with 178
seats (166 seats in Economy, 12 in Business Class).
will initially be deployed on domestic routes followed in the
future by regional routes including Japan and Korea.
"Introducing A321s to our fleet was a strategic decision for
Shanghai Airlines in anticipation of the future growth of the
domestic as well as international air traffic market," said Zhou
Chi, Chairman of Shanghai Airlines. "After 20 years of fast,
steady and all round development, Shanghai Airlines is becoming an
international airline based in the regional hub of Shanghai. The
introduction of the highly reliable and efficient Airbus A320
Family aircraft will help Shanghai Airlines to expand its new
base, develop domestic routes network and increase capacity in
order to meet increasing passenger demand."
Shanghai Airlines was set up in 1985.
Headquartered in Shanghai, the carrier now operates 68 aircraft on
more than 170 domestic, regional and international passenger and
freighter routes linking over 60 destinations across China and
around the world. Shanghai Airlines is a member of the Star
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