The first Airbus A321neo constructed on its Final Assembly Line in Tianjin, China, has been delivered by Airbus (FAL).
The B-32DF-registered aircraft was delivered to China’s Juneyao Air, making it the first A321neo to leave the Tianjin FAL. Also, a 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blend was used to complete the delivery, lowering the flight’s emissions.
“Since we announced the commissioning of the first A321 aircraft at FAL Tianjin last November, the relevant final assembly activities and tests went smoothly, showcasing the maturity of FAL Tianjin to quickly adapt to new products,” said George Xu, Executive Vice President at Airbus and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus China. Xu added that the delivery of the A321neo “enables Airbus to honor the popularity of the aircraft for the China market and beyond – and the consistent trust and support from our customers”.
Can producers supply enough SAF given the fuel’s rising demand so that the aviation sector can achieve its emissions commitments?
Airbus delivered the first A321neo aircraft assembled by the Final Assembly Line in Tianjin to Juneyao Airlines on Fri. This plane will use a 10% sustainable aviation fuel blend for delivery flying. Airbus said the plant started assembly work for A321 aircraft in Nov 2022. pic.twitter.com/j0r2gz2dIv
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 24, 2023
Juneyao Air now has 88 aircraft in its fleet, including 18 A320neos and 6 A321neos. According to statistics from ch-aviation.com, the airline will soon receive the delivery of four new A321neo aircraft.
This does not include B-32DF, formerly known as B-007D, which took off and landed on February 24, 2023, at Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN). On January 10, 2023, it took flight for the first time.