IAE delivers first engines to Airbus A320 final assembly line in China
IAE International Aero Engines has delivered the first ship set of V2500 engines to the Airbus A320 Final Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin, the first Airbus final assembly line outside Europe.
Of the first 10 aircraft to be assembled by FALC, IAE’s V2500 is the selected powerplant on nine, including the first aircraft scheduled to be delivered to Sichuan Airlines, through Dragon Aviation Leasing, in the summer of 2009.
The engines are the latest V2500 SelectOne production standard. They were shipped to Toulouse where they were fitted with the engine externals, before being transferred to Tianjin to be installed on the inaugural aircraft, serial number 3591.
Martin Brown, IAE Vice President - Toulouse Office said: “Delivering these first engines is a major milestone in ensuring our complete readiness to support the delivery of the first A320 assembled in China. We are very proud of our position as the lead engine supplier to the Airbus Final Assembly Line China, and that we power nine of the first 10 aircraft to be assembled there. Our position as the technology leader on the A320 engine has been key to our success in China.”
In Greater China, the V2500 powers over 200 aircraft in service and during the past 24 months has been selected on over 180 additional A320 Family aircraft placed on firm order in the region, representing more than half of the market share in China.
The V2500 is available in seven different thrust settings, from 22,000 to 33,000lb, to power the Airbus A319, A320 and A321, as well as the Airbus Corporate Jetliner. More than 5,500 V2500 engines are in service or on firm order with more than 180 customers around the world.
The V2500 SelectOne build standard delivers an additional one percent fuel burn advantage, along with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. It improves time-on-wing by up to 20 percent, and is compliant with the most stringent CAEP/6 NOx standards. It entered service on time in October 2008.