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PICTURE: Sichuan Airlines takes 100th aircraft

Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th aircraft.

The all-Airbus operator was handed over its latest jet, an A321, in Hamburg on 22 May. The aircraft, registered B-1663, is configured with 194 seats – eight in business and 186 in economy. Powered by International Aero Engines V2533 powerplants, the aircraft is on long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation.

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“We are happy to receive the 100th aircraft from Airbus. The latest addition to our all-Airbus fleet will further increase our capacity to satisfy the growing market demand for air traffic in China,” says Sichuan’s chairman and president Li Haiying.

“We are expanding our route networks not only across China, but also to Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.”

The carrier’s fleet now comprises of 93 A320s and seven A330s. It also has five A320s, one A321 and 20 Comac C919s on order.

A Sichuan Airlines spokesman tells Flightglobal the carrier will end with a fleet of 106 aircraft this year, and the target is to grow to 180 aircraft by 2025.

FlightMaps Analytics shows that the majority of Sichuan Airlines' flights are domestic services within China. It also has international services to Moscow, Vancouver, Australia, Thailand, Nepal and Male.

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