Story updated with aircraft variant
Sichuan Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 15 Airbus A320 jets, in a deal worth CNY9 billion ($1.37 billion).
The agreement was inked during a visit to Toulouse, where the Chinese carrier also took a flight on the A350, says the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of Sichuan Province. Flightglobal understands that the 15 aircraft comprise of seven of the current engine variant, and eight A320neos.
When contacted, the airline could not say whether an engine has been picked, or when the aircraft will be delivered.
Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database shows that Sichuan operates a fleet of 107 jets, comprising 23 A319s, 48 A320s, 28 A321s and eight A330s. The carrier also has five A320s and 20 Comac C919s on order.
The Chengdu-based airline operates services within China, and also to Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Moscow and Vancouver.
It has also recently applied for rights to serve more long-haul destinations such as Los Angeles and Prague.