Airbus FAL in China delivers its first A-321neo airplane
The aircraft to Juneyao Air; flight operated with SAF
Airbus has delivered the first A-321neo aircraft assembled at its Final Assembly Line Asia (FAL Tianjin) to China’s Juneyao Air in Tianjin, China. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and features 207 comfortable seats, 8 in Business and 199 in Economy class. Its delivery flight is to use a ten percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blend in support of the green aviation strategy in China.
The industry has four A-320 Family final assembly facilities around the world: Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; Tianjin, China; and Mobile, United States. With the conversion of the Tianjin facility last year, and with the newest facility about to complete its transformation in Toulouse, the global industrial system will be fully A-321-capable, creating flexibility and agility to meet Airbus’ ramp up objectives and the rising market success of this model.
Inaugurated in 2008, the FAL in Tianjin was the first Airbus commercial aircraft assembly line outside Europe. In the same year, the first aircraft sections arrived on site. Since its first A-320 delivery in 2009, its FAL in Tianjin has delivered more than 600 aircraft over its 14 years in operation. The A-321neo is the single-aisle A-320 Family, seating as many as 244 passengers, with a longest range reaching 4,700nm/8,700km. Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the A-320neo Family offers a reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 as well as a noise reduction compared to previous generation aircraft, thanks to incorporating the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets. By the end of January 2023, the Family had received over 8,600 firm orders from more than 130 customers worldwide.
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