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Airbus delivers 50th China-assembled A320 jet

Updated: 2011-06-04 17:26
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Airbus delivered the 50th aircraft assembled by the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line in China (FALC) on June 1, less than two years after the world's largest aircraft manufacturer's first delivery of A320 Family aircraft assembled by FALC.

It handed over the 50th A320 Family jet to Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai-based privately owned carrier.

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"We are pleased to take delivery of the 50th aircraft assembled at FALC to further enhance our Airbus fleet," said Wang Junjin, chairman of Juneyao Airlines. "Our highly reliable A320 Family fleet has demonstrated excellent performance while keeping operational costs low."

"We are proud that the A320 Family plays an important role in the growth of Juneyao Airlines," said Laurence Barron, Airbus China president. "The 50th delivery is a major milestone for FALC. Airbus will continue providing the best products and services to its Chinese customers."

Currently, Juneyao operates two A319s and 17 of the A320s.

FALC is a joint venture between Airbus and a Chinese consortium comprising Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and China Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC). Since the first delivery of a FALC-assembled A320 Family aircraft to Sichuan Airlines in 2009, 50 aircraft, of which seven are A319s and 43 are A320s, have been delivered by Airbus in Tianjin to nine Chinese airlines.

The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Each aircraft features fly-by wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range. Over 7,000 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and more than 4,600 delivered to almost 330 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world's best-selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft. The A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.