Airbus delivered the first A320 aircraft assembled in China to Dragon Aviation Leasing on 23rd June. Sichuan Airlines operated the jet, painted with a red dragon on its body. It started flying commercially to Beijing from 24th June. The airline deployed the aircraft on the Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei routes. The A320 final assembly line in Tianjin will roll out 10 more aircraft this year and the jets will be delivered to Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.
The Tianjin factory was launched in September last year as the company's first aircraft final assembly line outside Europe.
It has been regarded as a strategic project for Airbus, not only to generate incremental sales in China, but also to ramp up the production capacity of its best-selling single-aisle A320 family of aircraft to meet strong market demand.