Airbus: Qingdao Airlines Orders 23 A320 Planes, Worth $2.25B at List Prices

    By Inti Landauro

    PARIS--China's Qingdao Airlines have ordered 23 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, an order worth about $2.25 billion, the jet manufacturer said Wednesday.

    Qingdao Airlines ordered 18 A320neo aircraft, which incorporates new more fuel-efficient engines and large "sharklet" wing tip devices, and five classic A320 aircraft, Airbus said in a statement. The first delivery is expected to begin in 2016, Airbus added.

    Qingdao is a newly launched airline that will start operation in 2014 with leased A320 aircraft, Airbus said.

    The list price of an A320neo is $100.2 million and the cost of the A320 classic or A320ceo is $91.5 million. The full order is worth $2.25 billion.

    Manufacturers generally offer significant discounts to airlines when they make large orders.

    Airbus is a unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. (EAD.FR).

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