On September 28, a new Airbus A320 aircraft, registration number B-9923, arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) from Tianjin and joined the fleet of Air China (CA)'s Southwest branch, providing more capacity for the Chinese National Day "Golden Week" from October 1 to 7.
Assembled and delivered by Airbus (Tianjin) Final Assembly Co., Ltd., the A320 aircraft features a two-class cabin layout, seating 158 passengers with 8 in first class.
To meet the travel demand of passengers during the "Golden Week", Air China Southwest plans to add 164 flights and 22,000 extra seats in Chengdu market around the holiday. The newly-added capacity will be mainly deployed on hot destinations including Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng, Lijiang, Nyingchi, Sanya and Katmandu.
Until now, the fleet size of Air China Southwest is up to 67 aircraft. As the largest airline operator in Chengdu, Air China Southwest upgrades its fleet by constantly introducing new aircraft and phasing out old ones, reducing the average age of its fleet to 5.13 years from 8.14 in 2010, which not only improves operating safety and passenger comfort, but also cuts costs in maintenance and operating.