Shanghai-based Spring Airlines plans to order 30-50 aircraft from Airbus despite the economic downturn, Chairman Wang Zhenghua said. Wang noted that the fleet expansion plan still requires CAAC approval, which is not a given considering the regulator's stance that Chinese carriers should cancel or delay aircraft orders (ATWOnline, Dec. 19, 2008). Spring currently operates 12 A320s on 26 domestic routes and plans to take delivery of 15 more in the next three years (ATWOnline, April 2). Spring ...

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