Chinese lessor CALC in talks for 200 aircraft order
China Aircraft Leasing (CALC), a state-backed lessor based in Hong Kong, is currently negotiating with Airbus and Boeing about acquiring 200 single-aisle and wide-body aircraft in order to meet the growing demand from Asian carriers.
Mike Poon, Chief Executive at CALC, told Bloomberg on June 4, 2018, that the company 33.6% owned by the Chinese government through China Everbright Group was interested in Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s for short-haul, as well as B787s and A350s for long-haul. The order should amount to up to 200 aircraft.
The company already placed an order for 50 Airbus A320neos back in December 2017.
In total, CALC is currently awaiting deliveries of 140 planes from Airbus, including 130 A320neos, and 50 Boeing 737 MAX. The lessor is trying to meet the growing demand of the booming Asian market, expected to be the biggest worldwide by 2022.
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