The Chinese start-up Qingdao Airlines received its first ever aircraft, an Airbus A320 with the so-called sharklets on the wing tips. Thanks to a contract with the Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC) as partner.
Qingdao, bearing the name of its home base in Eastern China, will make its first commercial flight to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province in Southwestern China, later in April. The leased A320 is powered by CFM56 engines. It features a two-class cabin with eight business and 144 economy class seats.
Qingdao Airlines placed an order for 23 A320 Family aircraft in 2013.