Xiamen Airlines is Airbus’ newest customer in China after placing an order for 40 Airbus A320neo aircraft.
According to the exchange statement, deliveries are expected between 2024 and 2027.
A subsidiary of China Southern Airlines (CIS), which currently has a Boeing-only fleet, has chosen Airbus for further fleet expansion and renewal. Xiamen Airlines currently has a total of 150 Boeing 737s and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, according to Planespotters.net.
The news comes just two months after China’s top three airlines signed a contract with Airbus for nearly 300 planes.
China Southern placed an order for 96 A320neos worth more than $12 billion at list prices, China Eastern signed an order for 100 A320neos worth $13 billion, and Air China ordered 64 A320neos for itself plus 32 for its Shenzhen Airlines unit.
The orders also represent a major victory for Airbus against rival Boeing, which is still waiting for Chinese authorities to approve the Boeing 737 MAX’s return to service.
On September 14, 2022, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) arranged a meeting with Boeing to discuss the return of the 737 MAX to the country.
But the meeting did not lead to a date when airlines can resume flying the MAX in China’s skies. Instead, the CAAC raised additional questions about the 737 MAX aircraft.
https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/32219-xiamen-airlines-orders-airbus-a320-aircraft Xiamen Airlines orders 40 Airbus A320neo aircraft