China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC), a rapidly
growing Hong Kong-based aircraft leasing company, has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding at the Farnborough International
Airshow for 36 current generation A320 Family aircraft.
The deal includes eight A321s, the largest
member of the A320 Family and operators will be able to select
Airbus’ new fuel saving
“This is an important milestone for CALC,” said
Dr. Mike Poon, CEO of CALC. “We have a long-term commitment to the aviation industry and are very pleased to establish a relationship
with Airbus. This sizeable aircraft order will lay the foundation
for CALC to achieve our ambition to become a major aircraft lessor
in the region.”
CALC currently owns a portfolio of 11 Airbus aircraft including
five A320s, five A321s and one A330. It also has three A330s and
five A320s aircraft in its delivery pipeline. With this new
commitment, CALC’s Airbus fleet will grow to over 50.
Sharklets are new large wingtip devices measuring 2.5 metres tall
which Airbus says reduce fuel burn by around 3.5% over longer sectors.
This corresponds to an annual CO2 reduction of some 1000 tonnes
per aircraft. Offered as an option for new-build A320 Family
aircraft deliveries from end 2012, Sharklets also increase the
A320 Family’s payload-range and improve take-off performance.
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