Published on December 29th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
GECAS deliver their first Tianjin built A320neo
Shannon based GECAS has delivered a new Airbus A320neo (B-321V MSN10337) to Colorful Guizhou Airlines marking the first neo from GECAS’ order book to enter service having been assembled at the Airbus Tianjin facility. Completing the commitment announced at the 2019 Paris Air Show, this aircraft is the fourth CFM LEAP-powered narrowbody on lease from GECAS to enter the Colorful Guizhou Airlines fleet. While this delivery is the first from the GECAS orderbook and first to enter service with a Chinese operator, GECAS has a history working with the Airbus Tianjin Facility. GECAS has also taken delivery of the first-ever A320neo assembled at the Chinese Facility through a purchase-leaseback arrangement for aircraft operated by AirAsia.
Speaking at the delivery ceremony earlier, Li Liu, GECAS EVP & Regional Manager of Greater China said “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide Colorful Guizhou Airlines with yet another A320neo as they grow their fleet and expand their operations, I wish Colorful Guizhou Airlines much success and am grateful for the trusted relationship we’ve formed. We are proud of our long-term relationship with Airbus and our mutual commitment to enable to growth of civil aviation in Greater China. GECAS has been exceptionally fortunate to have supported operators such as Spring Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Chengdu Airlines, and more recently Qingdao Airlines, Hunan Airlines, Colorful Guizhou Airlines and Starlux Airlines and remain committed to the sector. We also look forward to bringing additional Tianjin-manufactured neos to our network of operators around the globe.”
GECAS serves more than 200 customers across roughly 75 countries, from startups to flagship airlines, from regionals to low cost carriers, from cargo airlines to helicopter operators.