of 18th Airbus A320; Fleet Grows to 99 Aircraft; Largest in China Business & Travel Editors/Aviation Writers TOULOUSE, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 1999--China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH) (HKSE:1055), the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, will take delivery next week of its 18th A320 aircraft from Airbus Industrie. The aircraft delivery in Toulouse will mark the 99th aircraft in China Southern Airlines' fleet. China Southern Airlines' acceptance team will perform a ground check of the aircraft on July 8, with the official delivery ceremony scheduled to take place in Toulouse on Thursday, July 15. Attending the ceremony on behalf of China Southern Airlines will be Zhang Rui Ai, vice president. The latest A320 is part of China Southern Airlines' current 20-Airbus single-aisle, two-class aircraft order, placed in 1997. The carrier is slated to take delivery of the two final A320s by the end of 1999. With standard seating for 158 passengers in two classes (eight Business Class and 150 Economy), the A320 has the widest-fuselage cross section in its category, offering China Southern Airlines' passengers excellent economics and cabin comfort. The Airbus A320, delivered Wednesday, uses two IAE V2500 engines. Ranked No. 1 in passengers carried in China for the past 20 years, China Southern Airlines connects more than 80 cities around the globe. Major business and vacation destinations served in China include Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Guilin and Kunming; international service includes Los Angeles; Osaka, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES TAKES DELIVERY