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.