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Air China takes delivery of its first A320neo

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November 24th 2017

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Air China has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft, following completion at Airbus’ Tianjin facility. Read More » The airline has opted for Pratt & Whitney’s GTF to power the aircraft.

Air China’s A320neo aircraft features eight business class (or domestic first class) and 150 economy class seats, the same low-density configuration of its A320ceo fleet. Airbus said the flag carrier operates 33 A319ceo, 45 A320ceo and 61 A321ceo.

Airbus has not disclosed the number of A320neo Family aircraft the Star Alliance member has on order. Industry sources have told Orient Aviation that Air China and its subsidiaries will initially be receiving 60 neo variants, with additional orders and deliveries highly likely.

Air China took delivery of its first MAX in early November, becoming the first Chinese airline to operate the type. It is unclear how many B737 MAXs Air China has on firm order. Boeing’s order book lists eight MAXs, but there most certainly are more. The manufacturer said it was up to the customer to disclose their orders, but the OEM noted Mainland carriers would accept almost 100 MAXs into their fleets by year end 2018. Air China is the first Asian carrier to operate both the A320neo and B737 MAX.

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