China Southern Airlines have ordered five A380’s from Airbus, accompanying the previous orders from two Chinese airlines.
Airbus’s business in China has been steadily expanding since the company first entered the country in 1985. The Airbus fleet in service in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao has grown to more than 280 today from just 29 in 1995. Five Chinese companies are already involved in producing parts for Airbus aircraft.
“”As the largest carrier in China, we are pleased to join the list of renowned customers for Airbus’ new double-decker. We believe that the A380 will further build our image of reliability, punctuality and efficiency and increase our competitiveness in the global market,”” said Liu Shaoyong, Chairman of China Southern Airlines Company Limited. “”We also hope that the acquisition of the A380 will help China become a powerful civil aviation giant.””
The order from China Southern Airlines accompanies two other orders received from China Eastern Airlines (five A319s, 11 A321s and four A320s) and Shenzhen Airlines (three A320s and two A319s) reflecting both Airbus’ growing influence in the FarEast and the rapid expansion of air travel within China.
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