Hong Kong Airlines takes delivery of its first A320
- Carrier also adds all-premium class A330 to fleet
Hong Kong Airlines has become a new operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft, following the delivery of its first A320. The aircraft is the first of 30 A320s ordered by the airline and is powered by CFM International’s CFM 56 engines. Seating 152 passengers in two classes, the A320s will be operated across the carrier’s regional network, linking Hong Kong with destinations in mainland China, and North and South East Asia.
Hong Kong Airlines has also taken delivery of its latest long range A330-200, featuring a new all-premium class layout. With luxurious accommodation for just 116 passengers, the aircraft will be used to launch new non-stop services to London. The delivery increases the carrier’s in-service widebody fleet to 10 aircraft, comprising seven A330-200 passenger aircraft and three A330-200F freighters.
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"With the delivery of our first A320 and the new all-premium class A330 Hong Kong Airlines will consolidate further its position as a premier full-service carrier,” said Yang Jian Hong, President, Hong Kong Airlines. "The on-board features will ensure that we are able to offer the best possible in-flight experience, while benefitting from the economic efficiency offered by these modern aircraft types.”
"We are pleased to see Hong Kong Airlines become a new A320 operator and also increase its Airbus long range fleet,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. "These modern and fuel-efficient aircraft will offer Hong Kong Airlines the lowest operating costs in both regional and medium capacity long haul markets, as well as a level of technical commonality unique to the Airbus product line.”
The A320 Family is the best-selling and most modern single aisle product line available today, with over 8,300 aircraft ordered and some 5,000 delivered to some 340 customers and operators worldwide.
Airbus has recorded nearly 1,200 orders for the A330 Family and more than 800 aircraft are flying with some 90 operators worldwide. In addition to passenger aircraft, the A330 Family also includes freighter, VIP and military transport / tanker variants.
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