AerCap Holdings (Amsterdam) announced that it has signed an agreement with China Southern, the largest airline in both Asia and The People’s Republic of China, for the lease of twenty-four Airbus A320neo family aircraft from its order book.
The A320/A321neos will be delivered to China Southern between 2016 and 2019 and equipped with PW1100G-JM engines from Pratt & Whitney.
“China Southern Airlines is very pleased to cooperate with AerCap, the largest aircraft leasing company in the world,” said Mr. Tan Wangeng, CEO of China Southern. “This transaction has enabled us to renew our fleet and add the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. We look forward to continuing our cooperation with AerCap for the mutual benefit of both companies.”
AerCap’s CEO Aengus Kelly said: “AerCap is proud to have China Southern, Asia’s largest airline, as our latest and largest A320neo customer. AerCap has now leased 71 A320neo aircraft delivering thru 2019. This impressive result is due to the power of the AerCap platform and the state-of-the-art technology of the A320neo.”
AeroTurbine, AerCap’s after-market subsidiary, has also agreed to purchase four older vintage aircraft from China Southern. These aircraft will be disassembled and parted-out.
Currently, AerCap has forty Airbus A320 family aircraft, five Boeing 737-800s and four Boeing 737-700s leased to China Southern.