Chinese regional carrier Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of its third new Airbus A321neo from lessor BOC Aviation Limited, with two more remaining to be delivered by the end of next year.

All five of the aircraft are from BOC’s existing order book, it said. “The deliveries to Sichuan Airlines mark a number of milestones for BOC Aviation: they are the first to our new customer Sichuan Airlines and they are our first A321neo aircraft to be delivered from our orderbook,” said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer.

“We are delighted to support the growth of one of China’s leading regional airlines with aircraft that are amongst the world’s most cost-effective and technologically advanced.” BOC Aviation has a fleet of 499 aircraft owned, managed and on order.

Sichuan Airlines is a full service carrier established over 30 years ago, and currently flies more than 270 routes, carrying nearly 30 million passengers annually. It operates an all-Airbus fleet of 140 single and dual-aisle aircraft.

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