AerCap Delivers First of Four New Airbus A350 Aircraft to Hong Kong Airlines
AerCap Holdings N.V. (“AerCap”) (NYSE: AER) today announced the delivery of a new Airbus A350-900 to Hong Kong Airlines, the first of four new A350 aircraft deliveries on long-term lease from AerCap’s order book with Airbus. A second A350-900 aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Hong Kong Airlines in November 2017.
AerCap has one of the largest Airbus A350-900 portfolios with a total of twenty-six owned and on order, delivering through 2019.
AerCap President and Chief Commercial Officer Philip Scruggs said, “AerCap is proud to deliver the first of four new A350 aircraft to Hong Kong Airlines. The aircraft will form the main pillar of Hong Kong Airlines’ growth plans into the next decade, enabling the airline to provide a level of service and fly to markets that were not possible prior to today. We wish our friends and partners at Hong Kong Airlines every success as they continue to grow their business.”
Mr. Zhang Kui, Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines said, “We are excited to have the first A350 joining our modern and young fleet, which marks an important milestone in our transformation from a regional airline to an international carrier. This latest generation of long range aircraft will help boost our long haul route network and further strengthen our role as a home carrier of Hong Kong - the world’s aviation hub.
“In addition to the superior operating efficiency provided with the new A350, our passengers will enjoy a new level of comfort and well-being including wider seats that offer a high level of comfort expected for long-haul travel, an all-new inflight entertainment experience and inflight connectivity. I believe our passengers will be thrilled with such exceptional experience,” Mr. Zhang added.