China Express has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320, adding the type to its fleet of 32 Bombardier CRJ900s.
The aircraft is the first of 11 CFM International CFM56-5B-powered A320s to be delivered to the airline, says CFM in a statement. The remaining aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 and 2019.
FlightGlobal understands that the aircraft was delivered to China Express in August. The airline will operate the jet from its base in Chongqing to domestic points such as Liuzhou, Haikou, Xiangyang, Bijie and Xiamen. It will be used to replace some frequencies operated by its CRJ900s.
Flight Fleets Analzyer shows that the aircraft, registered B-8697, is owned by the carrier.
FlightGlobal schedules data shows that China Express is largely a domestic operator, with its only international services to Bangkok and Phnom Penh.