Posted on: 28 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) and ICBC Financial Leasing Company (ICBC Leasing) have signed agreements with Airbus for a total of 88 A320 family aircraft.
CAS’s General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for 88 A320 family aircraft was signed in Berlin by Li Hai, president of CAS and Tom Enders, president and CEO of Airbus.
In the frame of the GTA, ICBC Leasing signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 42 A320 family aircraft. The agreement was signed by Li Xiaopeng, senior executive vice-president of ICBC and chairman of ICBC Leasing, and Tom Enders. This is the first order that ICBC Leasing has placed directly with an aircraft manufacturer. So far ICBC has 68 aircraft in its portfolio.
“Since the first A320 family aircraft was introduced in China in 1995, the Airbus single-aisle programme has played an important role in supporting the fast Chinese civil aviation growth. The A320’s high reliability and low operational cost have made them very popular among Chinese airlines. The outstanding eco-efficient performance of the Airbus A320 family will contribute significantly to the sustainable development of Chinese civil aviation,” said CAS’s Li.
“After a thorough assessment and study of the market, we have decided to place our very first order with Airbus for its A320 family. This strategic decision to start with the A320 family aircraft will help our customers to develop their business in the most profitable and sustainable way,” said ICBC chairman Li.