Hong Kong, 29 December 2020 — Colorful Guizhou Airlines has taken delivery of a new A320neo (MSN10037), marking the first neo from GECAS’ orderbook to enter service having been assembled at the Airbus Tianjin facility. Completing the commitment announced at the 2019 Paris Air Show, this aircraft is the fourth CFM LEAP-powered narrowbody on lease from GECAS to enter the Colorful Guizhou Airlines fleet.

While this delivery is the first from the lessor’s own orderbook and first to enter service with a Chinese operator, GECAS has an impressive history working with the Airbus Tianjin Facility. It also took delivery of the first-ever A320neo assembled at the Chinese Facility through a purchase-leaseback arrangement for aircraft operated by AirAsia.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide Colorful Guizhou Airlines with yet another A320neo as they grow their fleet and expand their operations,” says Li Liu, GECAS EVP & Regional Manager of Greater China. “I wish Colorful Guizhou Airlines much success and am grateful for the trusted relationship we’ve formed.”

“We are honored to achieve the milestone together with GECAS, our important and long-term customer, for the delivery of its first A320 Family aircraft assembled in Airbus Tianjin from its own orderbook.” said George Xu, CEO of Airbus China, “We are grateful for the trust and support from GECAS on our product and look forward to further strengthening our strategic cooperation to provide even more aircraft assembled at Airbus Tianjin to the airlines.”

“We are proud of our long-term relationship with Airbus and our mutual commitment to enable to growth of civil aviation in Greater China,” GECAS’ Liu added “GECAS has been exceptionally fortunate to have supported operators such as Spring Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Chengdu Airlines, and more recently Qingdao Airlines, Hunan Airlines, Colorful Guizhou Airlines and Starlux Airlines and remain committed to the sector. We also look forward to bringing additional Tianjin-manufactured neos to our network of operators around the globe.”