Sichuan Takes First Wing-Tipped A320

Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklets. The aircraft has a two-class cabin, seating 164 passengers with eight in business class and 156 in economy. Sichuan received its first A320 in 1995, making it the first Chinese airline to operate an Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft. “They were the first Chinese airline to operate the A320, the first to take delivery of an A320 assembled at Airbus’ Tianjin Final Assembly Line, and now one of the first with Sharklets in China,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers. “As the first airline to introduce Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft in China, Sichuan Airlines has benefited from the low-cost and highly reliable Airbus aircraft. Thanks to the commonality of Airbus aircraft, we were able to seamlessly introduce the widebody A330 family aircraft into our fleet,” said Li Haiying, general manager of Sichuan Airlines. Sichuan now operates a fleet of five A330s and 70 A320 family aircraft.

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