June 23: The first Airbus A320 assembled at the company’s Final Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin was delivered to Dragon Aviation Leasing, who will provide the aircraft for Sichuan Airlines to operate.
“Our Final Assembly Line here in Tianjin and this first aircraft delivery outside Europe mark an important milestone in our strategic long-term partnership with China and the Chinese industry,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. “This FAL is state of the art, second to none in the world. And so are the aircraft manufactured here in Tianjin.”
Sichuan Airlines will operate the A320 in a two-class configuration, with eight first class seats and 156 economy seats. The aircraft will be used on domestic routes between the airline’s base at Chengdu to major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.