This new contract from Xiamen Airlines comes almost three months after a mega order from a group of companies from the former Middle Kingdom.
Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines has placed an order with Airbus for 40 single-aisle A320neo family aircraft, the planemaker announced on Thursday. Xiamen Airlines, based in Xiamen (Fujian, southeast) and a subsidiary of the China Southern group, has so far exclusively operated aircraft from its competitor Boeing. “He moves to Airbus to grow his fleet, becoming the newest Airbus customer”welcomed the European group in a press release.
The company did not specify whether these were A320neo or longer A321neo aircraft, nor did it give the amount of the contract. At the last list price, never applied, the order would exceed four billion dollars. This new Chinese contract comes almost three months after a mega order from a group of companies from the former Middle Kingdom: 292 aircraft, again from the A320neo family, for Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Shenzhen Airlines.
Although weakened by the pandemic, airlines around the world are seeking to prepare for the growth in global traffic, which is expected to double in the next twenty years compared to 2019. To do this, they are preparing to renew their fleets with more modern aircraft, consuming less fuel and therefore emitting less CO2. And if air traffic in China continues to be stunted by the severe health restrictions in the country, it should explode in the coming years.
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The target of 11,000 Airbus
Thus, the fleet of aircraft in service in China should triple by 2040 to almost 11,000 aircraft, according to Airbus forecasts. The European aircraft manufacturer’s order book amounted to more than 8,000 orders for A320 Family aircraft at the end of May. The European aircraft manufacturer plans to increase its production rates to 75 A320-type aircraft per month in 2025.
Airbus had drastically reduced its production during the pandemic and has started a gradual increase in production with 45 A320 Family aircraft per month at the end of 2021. It plans to produce 65 per month in the summer of 2023 despite tensions in recent months on supplies. and sometimes difficulties in hiring.