First A321 sold to be parted out

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The first Airbus A321 aircraft has been sold for part out.

The aircraft, a -200 series, was built in 1999 and was powered by CFM International CFM56-5B3/P engines.

It was operated by Air France and Vietnam Airlines under lease agreements with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and was sold to Kingdom Holdings at the end of 2006.

The aircraft, MSN 956, had its passenger interior removed and was due to have a VIP interior fitted but the Saudi company sold it to Apollo Aviation in a transaction arranged by remarketing specialist Bristol Associates.

ATI sister publication Commercial Aviation Online understands that the aircraft also had two engines run out.

According to Flightglobal's ACAS database, the aircraft had accumulated 12,431 cycles and 18,617h through December 2006.