Shanghai Airlines has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of five A321s at the Zhuhai Airshow, making it a new Airbus customer and positioning the airline to become the 11th A320 family operator on the Chinese Mainland.The five A321s are part of the 150 A320 family aircraft ordered under the General Terms Agreement (GTA) signed between Airbus and China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group Corporation (CASGC) in December 2005, when the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited France.
“The introduction of the Airbus A320 Family aircraft is to meet our strategic development plan,” said Mr. Zhou Chi, President of Shanghai Airlines. “After twenty years of rapid and steady development, Shanghai Airlines is entering into the new phase of expanding internationally and comprehensively. By selecting the world leading A320 Family aircraft, we can increase our operational flexibility with an expanded and diversified fleet to meet different market demands.”
Founded in 1985, Shanghai Airlines currently operates a fleet of 48 aircraft with a network connecting over 60 major cities in China and abroad.