First China-Assembled A320 Flies at Airshow
ZHUHAI, CHINA, Nov 13, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
A Sichuan Airlines A320 aircraft powered by V2500 engines flew above
the crowds at the Zhuhai Airshow today. The aircraft was assembled
and delivered in 2009 from the Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly Line
China (FALC) -- the first aircraft for the FALC.
The flight demonstration provided by Sichuan was a testimony to the
success they have had flying the fleet of A320 family aircraft
powered by the V2500 engines. According to officials at Sichuan
Airlines, the airline is proud to fly the first A320 assembled in
Tianjin. They are happy with the performance of the aircraft and the
reliability that the V2500 engine delivers. The V2500 engine's
performance has enabled the airline to provide reliable and efficient
operations, enhancing the value they offer their customers.
Sichuan Airlines was IAE's launch customer in China and has been an
exclusive V2500 operator for 16 years. They fly the V2500 to many
destinations, including high-altitude destinations such as Lhasa and
Jiuzhai. They currently have a total of more than 80 V2500-powered
aircraft in service and on order.
IAE President, Jon Beatty said, "It was an honor to have the
demonstration of the first delivered A320 from the Tianjin facility
at the airshow. As the launch customer for the V2500 in China, it was
a proud moment for us that Sichuan also received the first assembled
A320 in China. Their dedication to the V2500 engine is a testament to
the reliability and success of our engine program."
On September 25, 2012, the FALC celebrated another milestone with the
delivery of the 100th A320 assembled. The aircraft was also powered
by V2500 engines and was delivered to Air China. Of the 100 assembled
A320s, IAE has powered 53 aircraft.
IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders are
comprised of Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Pratt & Whitney Aero
Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU
Aero Engines. To date, more than 5,000 engines have been delivered
and nearly 2,000 more engines are on order with close to 200
customers around the world.
SOURCE: IAE International Aero Engines AG
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