[photopress:air_airbus_320.JPG,full,alignright]Privately owned Chinese carrier East Star Airlines said it has placed an order for six Airbus A320 planes for more than RMB3 billion ($404.8 million).
The order will be funded by loans from the Royal Bank of Scotland.
East Star, which made its maiden flight in May 2006, currently operates five single-aisle Airbus A320s connecting the central city of Wuhan with major Chinese cities as well as Hong Kong and Macau.
The six new A320s, scheduled for delivery starting from 2009, will increase the carrier’s fleet size to 28 aircraft. These are single aisle, mid-range aircraft with a sample interior – not East Star – shown in our illustration.