Shanghai's Spring increasing fleet

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Shanghai-based Spring Airlines aims to increase its fleet to 16 aircraft next year from 10 and its next aircraft is coming in January.

An official in Shanghai at the airline says Spring currently has a fleet of 10 Airbus A320s. He says the next A320 on lease is due to arrive next month and by the end of next year the airline hopes to have a total of 16 A320s.

Spring also has A320s on order with deliveries starting next year, says the official.

The airline currently only operates to cities within China and has yet to launch services to Hong Kong and Macau because it still has to get approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, adds the official.

The carrier mostly leases its aircraft from GE Commercial Aviation Services but Macquarie AirFinance says in a statement that last month it delivered a second A320 to Spring as part of a three-aircraft deal.

Macquarie says the third aircraft will be delivered in February.

According to Fight's ACAS database the first A320 from Macquarie has a manufacturer's serial number (MSN) of 1769 and was previously with Spanish carrier Vueling Airlines.

Macquarie says the second and third aircraft are MSN 1852 and MSN 1920. Records show these aircraft were previously with Italian leisure carrier Eurofly.