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Chongqing’s West Air Takes Delivery of New Airbus

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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 passengers.

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 development.”

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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