Spring Airlines fuels expansion with 60-jet deal

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Spring Airlines has placed an order for 60 new A320s
Spring Airlines has placed an order for 60 new A320s

Spring Airlines has confirmed plans to purchase 60 new Airbus aircraft to fuel its expansion plans.

The Shanghai-based airline is China’s largest low-cost carrier, operating an extensive network of flights in mainland China and to destinations in Northeast and Southeast Asia. It also recently launched a new Japanese carrier, Spring Airlines Japan.

The deal for 60 Airbus A320neo aircraft would comprise 45 standard A320neos, which feature a maximum of 189 seats in a single-class layout, and 15 larger A321neo, which can accommodate up to 240 economy class passengers.

The acquisition would be worth approximately US$6.6 billion at current list prices, although Spring – a regular Airbus customer – would expect to receive a significant discount.

Spring said the new aircraft were scheduled to be delivered from 2019 to 2023. At present, the airline operates a fleet 52 A320 aircraft with outstanding orders for a further eight.

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