Qingdao Airlines A320
Chinese startup Qingdao Airlines has taken delivery of its first sharklet-equipped Airbus A320, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Co.
The carrier will make its first scheduled flight from Qingdao in Eastern China to Chengdu later in April.
The A320, powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, features a comfort two-class cabin with eight business and 144 economy class seats.
The airline formally launched in June 2013 and placed an order for 23 A320 family aircraft in September 2013, with delivery expected to begin in 2016. The airline had said in September it would start operation in 2014 with leased A320 aircraft.