Delivery Date: 13/09/03
The first and second Peony schemes adorned A320s with B-2376 wearing the second purple version. Air China received its first 5 A320s on September 13, 2003 just after the first arrival of A319s. All five aircraft had been acquired from the takeover of CNAC Zhejiang. The A319 fleet was gradually built up to 30 aircraft and joined from 2007 by A321s however it wasn’t until December 2009 that new A320s were added. There are now 38 in service alongside 49 of the larger A321s providing a substantial counterpoint to the 122 737NGs in the fleet.
MSN / LN: 34019 / 1749
Delivery Date: 21/07/05
B-5211 was painted into the third variant of ten eventual schemes which was orange in colour. Later repaints have seen the colour altered to a more salmon pink colouring. Air China has almost a 50:50 split in its fleet between 737s and A320 series aircraft. Of the 118 737s in service 737-700s make up only about 1/6th of the number with the first of 23 arriving in June 2003. B-5211 had previously been used for the special ‘One World, One Dream’ Beijing 2008 Olympics scheme applied in 2005.
MSN / LN: 36486 / 2606
Delivery Date: 16/05/08
B-5390 first flew on April 28 2008 and was delivered with blended winglets. In April 2009 she was painted into the seventh variant, of nine eventual Peony schemes, which was gold in colour. Air China has almost a 50:50 split in its fleet between 737s and A320 series aircraft. Of the 118 737s in service 737-800s make up nearly 100 of them.
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