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Zhejiang Loong Airlines order 20 Airbus A320s

Two Chinese startups, Zhejiang Loong and Qingdao Airlines have ordered a total of 43 Airbus A320s, set for delivery in 2016.

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
Pitot tubes stick out of the cockpit of an Airbus A380 plane on display during the 48th international Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport on June 16, 2009. Investigators of the crashed Air France Airbus Flight 447 have said that blocked pitot sensors might have been a factor in the accident, which led to the loss of 228 lives. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement) | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/65790caa0dd2933db609f9e32fcef956/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Pitot tubes stick out of the cockpit of an Airbus A380 plane on display during the 48th international Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport on June 16, 2009. Investigators of the crashed Air France Airbus Flight 447 have said that blocked pitot sensors might have been a factor in the accident, which led to the loss of 228 lives. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement) | License Photo

Two Chinese airline startups ordered A320 planes from Airbus to get off the ground.

Zhejiang Loong Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding to secure an order of 20 Airbus A320 planes and is scheduled to begin operations later this year.

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Airbus said it received an additional order of 23 aircraft from Qingdao Airlines, totaling 43 A320s.

The deliveries are expected to begin in 2016, pending approval from the Chinese government.

Zhejiang Loong's order was for regular 11 A320s and nine re-engined A320neo. The new airline is based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

Qingdao Airlines made its deal for five A320s and 18 of the new A320neo. The airline, based in the coastal city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, is scheduled to begin operations in 2014, using leased planes.

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