China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) signed contracts with Airbus yesterday covering the delivery of 102 aircraft, including a new firm order for 50 A320-series jets, six A330s and ten A350XWBs. The parties also confirmed an earlier order for 36 A330s, which had already found its way onto Airbus’s order books. An Airbus spokesperson told AIN that the manufacturer does not yet know delivery schedule details or even the identity of the airplanes’ ultimate operators. However, reports from China have identified China Eastern, China Southern and Air China as eventual recipients.
Li Hai, president of CAS, and Tom Enders, president and CEO of Airbus, signed the agreement at the Elysée Palace in Paris, in the presence of visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, UK Minister for Industry Mark Prisk and Louis Gallois, CEO of EADS.
“We feel privileged that China continues to choose Airbus aircraft for the further development of its fleet. The order for Airbus’ eco-efficient aircraft underlines China’s ambition to grow sustainably,” said Enders. “We look forward to many more years of continued cooperation.”