China’s first low cost carrier expands fleet to meet growing demand for cost efficient air travel
Spring Airlines, an all Airbus A320 Family operator and China’s first low cost airline, has taken delivery of a new A320 at Airbus (Tianjin) Delivery Centre on lease from ICBC Financial Leasing, a leasing company owned by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The newly received aircraft brings the carrier’s total Airbus A320 fleet to 50.
The aircraft, the 210th A320 Family aircraft assembled at the Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly Line, is powered by CFM 56 engines and is configured in an efficient lay-out with 180 economy class seats. Based in Shanghai, Spring Airlines has been an Airbus operator since July 2005.
“We are pleased to expand our all Airbus A320 fleet to 50 as we are going to celebrate our 10th anniversary in July this year. From the first to the 50th, our partnership with Airbus has lasted for 10 years. Airbus is our closest partner,” said Wang Zhenghua, Chairman of Spring Airlines. “The low cost mode that we initiated in China 10 years ago has proved to be successful and it is becoming more and more popular today. The Airbus A320 plays a key role in the successful development of low cost operations in China with its high reliability, unrivaled economics and comfort in its class.”
“The sustained development and steady growth of Spring Airlines has impressed the industry deeply,” said Eric Chen, Airbus China President. “We are proud to see that our products have supported the success of our customers. There is great potential for low cost airlines in China as the market demand for cost efficient air traffic is growing. We will provide Spring Airlines with even stronger support in the future including our innovative products and top level service.”
Derived from Spring Tourism Company, Spring Airlines took its maiden flight in 2005 as one of the first private enterprises entering into the airlines business and first positioning itself as a low cost carrier. The slogan of Spring is ‘to make flying affordable for everyone.” Competitive pricing, quality service and smart operation make Spring an outstanding airline.
Airbus, headquartered in Toulouse, France, is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, India, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 11,500 orders to date and more than 6,400 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to its wide cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer the industry’s best level of comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.
Airbus press release