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ICBC identified as customer for 20 A320neo-family jets

Chinese lessor ICBC has been identified as the customer behind an order for 20 Airbus A320neo-family jets placed at the end of 2014.

The aircraft were originally recorded as A320neos but Airbus's latest backlog data, covering the first seven months of this year, lists them as 18 A320neos and two A321neos.

Airbus had attributed the order, placed in December 2014, to an undisclosed customer.

ICBC's agreement has undergone a minor rejig – including cancellation of two aircraft – and the changes take to 36 the number of A320neos ordered by the company, plus two A321neos.

The lessor had signalled, during the Paris air show, that it had additional A320neos on order beyond the 20 formally listed by Airbus at the time.

ICBC had ordered the 20 A320neos in 2012, as part of a deal for 50 Airbus single-aisle jets.

But it signed an agreement at the show covering CFM International Leap-1A engines for 40 A320neos.

ICBC is also still awaiting delivery of two A320s from a total of 48 ordered by the lessor.

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