China’s Xiamen Air takes delivery of A321neo

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Unshakable_Biz_PilotXiamen Air recently took the delivery of its very first A321neo Airbus aircraft after previously operating an all-Boeing fleet. The aircraft is on lease from CMB Financial Leasing.

Xiamen Air’s A321neo aircraft is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and configured in a two-class layout with 208 seats, with eight seats in Business Class and 200 seats in Economy Class. The A321neo serves as the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle A320 family aircraft.

“Following a comprehensive evaluation, Xiamen Air decided to switch to Airbus for its fleet growth. We thank Xiamen Air for their trust in Airbus, and we will fully support the smooth operation of its Airbus fleet,” said George Xu, executive vice-president of Airbus and CEO of Airbus China. Xu added that the delivery of the new aircraft and the future A320 family fleet is expected to play a positive role in boosting the growth of Xiamen Air in the post-pandemic era.

“The first Airbus aircraft delivered to Xiamen Air indicates the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the two sides and it bears a great significance. While enriching the existing fleet, it also helped with the stable expansion of the fleet of Xiamen Air,” said Qi Qi, an associate professor at Guangzhou Civil Aviation College.

In September, Xiamen Air signed a deal to buy 40 A320neo planes from Airbus. Before, the fleet of Xiamen Air was mostly comprised of B737 and B787 series made by US aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co.

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