China’s Xiamen Airlines has placed a firm order for 40 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, the carrier’s parent company China Southern Airlines said in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Thursday. The statement valued the transaction at $4.848 billion and noted that the airline received price concessions comparable to those negotiated in past deals.
The contract follows a broader deal involving four Chinese airlines announced on July 1, which included China Southern’s $12.25 billion order for 96 A320neo family aircraft. The delivery schedule calls for the first 30 aircraft from this order to be shipped to South China in 2024, followed by 40 in 2025, 19 in 2026 and seven in 2027. The latest bid says only that deliveries of 40 aircraft for The seeds will be sent in stages from 2024 to 2027.
The deal was another blow to Boeing and its 737 Max, 24 of which were operated by China Southern and 10 of which Xiamen flew before production of the model ended in March 2019 following two fatal crashes involving the Max 8. Almost all relevant global civil aviation authorities have allowed return the Max to service, except in China, which continues to evaluate test flight data.
China’s CAA became the first to ground the Max plane after two crashes that killed 346 people. The CAAC issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that purportedly allowed operators in that country to quickly return the aircraft to service. However, about nine months later, Max remains in the country amid strained diplomatic relations between the US and the People’s Republic.
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2022-09-22/airbus-wins-order-40-a320neos-xiamen-airlines Airbus has won an order for 40 A320neos from Xiamen Airlines