Initial Delivery Slated for '05; First A330-200 Launch Customer In China
Travel Writers / Business Editors
GUANGZHOU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 29, 2003
China Southern Airlines
Jeff Ruffolo, 909-734-6141
China Southern Airlines (NYSE: ZNH) (HKSE: 1055), the
largest airline in The People's Republic of China, today held a
purchase signing ceremony to purchase four new Airbus A330-200
Beginning in 2005, four ultra-modern Airbus A330-200 aircraft will
be added to the growing China Southern fleet -- already the nation's
largest -- and the airline will be the launch customer of this
aircraft type in The People's Republic of China. Terms of the
agreement were not announced.
"The signing of the agreement today is an important event for both
China Southern and Airbus," said Mr. Liu Ming Qi, Executive Vice
President, China Southern Air Holding Company and Vice Chairman, China
It has been six years since China Southern Airlines began
operating its Airbus fleet of now 20 A320 aircraft and according to
Mr. Liu, "We have overcome some initial challenges but are more and
more familiar with and comfortable to be an Airbus customer. The
quality, meticulous attention to detail and after-sales service
offered by Airbus has renewed our confidence in moving forward in this
important air transportation endeavor."
Flying 253 passengers in a three-class cabin layout up to 6,650
nm/12,300km, the Airbus A330-200 aircraft is powered by General
Electric CF6-80E, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 700
engines. The Airbus A330-200 aircraft has a maximum range of 12,000km.
In attendance at the Purchase Agreement Signing Ceremony was Mr.
John Leaphy, Chief Commercial Officer, Airbus and officials from the
Civil Aviation Administration of China and China's National
Development and Reform Commission.
In his statement, Mr. Liu said, "The young and state-of-the-art
aircraft fleet has always been one of the important factors that
motivate our customers to fly on China Southern Airlines. The A330 is
one of the several well-received types of long-range and wide-body
aircraft that our airline will operate and is part of our continued
modernization and aviation leadership role in China."
Mr. Liu said, "We are proud to be the launch customer of the
Airbus A330-200 in China and the successful operator of the nation's
largest A320 fleet. The invaluable experience in the A320 operation
will help us to be successful in the operation of the new A330.
"'Having a new baby and making a big fortune' are two of the most
important events for the people of China. The four A330-200 aircraft
will be four newborn babies in the China Southern Airlines family,"
added Mr. Liu.
The largest airline in The People's Republic of China for the past
23 years, China Southern Airlines (www.cs-air.com/en) connects more
than 80 cities around the globe. Major business and vacation
destinations served in China include: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou,
Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan, as well as
international service, including: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hanoi,
Ho Chi Minh City, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Los Angeles,
Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul,
Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
For China Southern Airlines reservations and information, please
contact your local travel agent.
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