Two Chinese airlines order 43 A320 jets: Airbus

25th September 2013, Comments 0 comments

Two Chinese airlines have ordered 43 A320 jets, Airbus said Wednesday on the sidelines of a Beijing air show, as air travel takes off in the world's most populous country.

Qingdao Airlines requested 23 planes and Zhejiang Loong Airlines sought 20, the European planemaker said in a statement.

Air travel is rising steadily in Asia and other emerging markets, with passenger trips in China up nine percent in 2012 from the year before.

"We welcome Qingdao Airlines as a new member of the big Airbus family," chief operating officer for customers John Leahy said in the statement.

"The commitment from Zhejiang Loong Airlines is another vote of confidence for our popular A320 family."

China saw passenger trips rise to 320 million last year, official figures show.

Airbus predicted in its annual industry forecast on Tuesday that the Asia-Pacific would overtake Europe and North America in air traffic by 2032.

© 2013 AFP

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