First Chinese-built A320 flies

May 18: The first A320 aircraft built at China’s Airbus Final Assembly Line China (FALC) made its maiden flight.

“The flight was a complete success thanks to excellent teamwork,” said Fernando Alonso, Senior Vice President Flight & Integration Tests, Airbus. “This A320 assembled in China unquestionably demonstrated the same quality and performance as those assembled and delivered in Hamburg or Toulouse.”

This aircraft will be delivered to Dragon Aviation Leasing in June and will be operated by Sichuan Airlines. The FALC production rate will be ramped up to four aircraft per month by the end of 2011.

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