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Zhejiang Loong Airlines firms up order for 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, starts operations in China

Loongair (Capital) A320-200 B-9962 (13)(Grd) KMG (Airbus)(LR)

Zhejiang Loong Airlines (Loongair) (Hangzhou), based in the capital city of Zhejiang province in Eastern China, has signed its first purchase agreement with Airbus, for 20 A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo, becoming the lastest Airbus customer. The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in September at the Beijing Airshow.

On December 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm (1400) local time the first Airbus A320 (B-9962 above) arrived in the rain at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (see below) and despite the rain received a water cannon salute. A second leased A320 (A320-214 B-6858, msn 5008) arrived on December 22, 2013.

The airline commenced scheduled passenger operations on December 26, 2013 with the two A320s.

The new airline is flying from Hangzhou to Chengdu , Xi’an, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Kunming, Chongqing, Changsha and Changchun. The airline plans to expand to Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei and in Southeast Asia (please see route map below).

In the first half of 2014, Loongair’s fleet is expected to reach nine aircraft, including six passenger aircraft and three freighters.

Top Copyright Photo: Airbus/Iihutao (all others by the new airline). The airline is operating as Loongair. The pictured Airbus A320-214 B-9962 (msn 5656) was leased from Capital Airlines on December 11, 2013.

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Current Route Map:

Loongair 12.2013 Route Map

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Zhejiang Loong Airlines signs MOU for 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

Zhejiang Loong Airlines-Airbus Signing Ceremony (Airbus)(LR)

Zhejiang Loong Airlines, an airline based in Hongzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo. The airline has recently been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for passenger flight operation.

The MOU was signed by Liu Yi, President of Zhejiang Loong Airlines and Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President and CEO, at the 15th Aviation Expo China 2013 in Beijing.

Zhejiang Loong plans to start operating later in 2013. It’s passenger operation will start with domestic routes from Hangzhou to first tier airports like Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Xi’an. The airline has the ambition to start regional and international routes  in three to five years.

Copyright Photo: Airbus. Zhejiang Loong Airlines, an airline based in Hongzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo aircraft.