Launch operator CSA takes delivery of first Airbus A319neo

TOULOUSE, FRANCEAirbus has delivered the first A319neo to China Southern Airlines. With this delivery, the Chinese carrier became the first operator of the shortest variant of the A320neo family.

The Guangzhou-based airline had ordered two A319neo.

Both aircraft are powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and configured to accommodate 136 passengers in total - four in business class, 24 in pearl economy class, and 108 in economy.

The aircraft will make its commercial debut in July and will be deployed on routes to hot-and-high airports above 8000 feet ASL.