China orders 30 A320/321

From:         Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang)
Date:         16 May 1997 12:27:02 GMT
Organization: Concentric Internet Services
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As expected, China Aviation Supplies Corporation (CASC) signed a
contract with Airbus for 10 A320s and 20 A321s during French
President's visit to China.  Of the 30 planes, 3 A320s have been
assigned to China Southern and 2 to Sichuan.  However, earlier
reports suggested that the order could be for as many as 100
units.  This means Boeing may have a good chance to get some
when the Chinese President is scheduled to visit the US towards
the end of this year.

Also, Airbus Industrie Asia (AIA), Aviation Indutries of China (AVIC),
and Singapore Technologies Ltd (STPL) have signed a framework agreement
for developing the AE100/A318.

You can check the official Airbus press releases on the web:

<http://www.airbus.com/news.html>

Also, according to Flight International, SilkAir (a subsidiary of
Singapore Airlines) will soon announce its order for 8 A319/320s to
replace its current fleet of 6 737-300s and 2 F70s.

Although the next-generation B737 is selling very well, the A320
family seems to be getting most of the East Asian order.  Taiwan's
China Airlines is the only East Asian next-generation B737 customer.