Chongqing-based West Air, a private airline
under HNA group, has taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft,
an A319. The aircraft is the 26th aircraft assembled at the Airbus
Final Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin.
The aircraft, powered by IAE V2500 engines, is
configured in a single class cabin layout for 144
The first commercial flight is planned for 8 August
2010 from Chongqing to Wenzhou after which the new jet will be deployed on
domestic routes from Chongqing to Wenzhou and via Shijiazhuang to Yantai.
“The low operating costs and cabin comfort of the
A319 fit our growth plans as well as our passengers’ high
expectations for comfort, style and efficiency in their travel,”
said West Air Vice President Chen Zaixin. “The new A319 is well
equipped for high altitude operations for our further routes
Laurence Barron, Airbus China President, added, “Airbus is happy to welcome West
Air as a new A319 operator as well as a new Airbus operator in
China. With this delivery, the airline will be well-positioned to
continue its expansion plans, while operating the most modern and
efficient single-aisle aircraft available today.”
Established in 2005, West
Air serves more than 20 domestic routes from Chongqing to other
major cities in China.
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