V2500 Powers 100th A320 Assembled in Tianjin Facility
Aircraft delivered to Air China today
Tianjin, China (Sept. 25, 2012) – IAE International Aero Engines AG announced that the V2500 is powering the 100th A320 family aircraft assembled at the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line in China (FALC). The aircraft was delivered to Air China today at an aircraft delivery ceremony in Tianjin.
This delivery brings the total number of V-powered Tianjin A320 family aircraft to 53. At present, IAE’s market share in Greater China is also at 53% for engines in service and on order.
The aircraft will be placed in Air China’s Shanghai base for a total of five A320 family aircraft – exclusively powered by V2500. Air China, a SelectOne™ operator, currently has a total of 29 V2500-powered A320 family aircraft in service and an additional 11 on backlog.
“Air China has been a valued customer of IAE’s since 2003,” said IAE President Jon Beatty, who spoke at today’s event and was also present during the first A320 delivery at Tianjin in 2009. “The V2500 is a successful engine program because it has been well recognized by operators such as Air China for its fuel efficiency, as well as IAE’s continuous improvement efforts resulting in lower cost of ownership and increased reliability.”
Air China is China’s exclusive national flag carrier for civil aviation, a member of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, and was the official airline partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It operates a total of 282 passenger flight routes, including 71 international routes, 14 regional routes, and 197 domestic routes covering 30 countries and regions worldwide.
IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders are comprised of Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines and MTU Aero Engines. To date, more than 5,000 engines have been delivered and nearly 2,000 more engines are on order with close to 200 customers around the world.