Enter the Panda
Regardless of the rights and wrongs you can't ignore that Panda Models has itself recently begun to use the same mould as Aeroclassics. So far they have only used the A320 itself and made 5 releases including a Chinese New Year fantasy model.
Still To Be Made
New Chinese operators are appearing at regular intervals and as you'd expect quite a few are operating A320 family aircraft. There is also still fertile ground amongst older Chinese airlines for releases of A320 family aircraft. Here is a selection of what I'd like to see. Who will get to them first Aeroclassics or Panda Models?
First there are some older airlines that have disappeared or no longer operate under these names. CNAC Zhejiang was merged into Air China in 2003. The other three were all mid-2000s start-ups which struggled. East Star Air is one of the few Chinese airlines to have ceased operations, whilst United Eagle became Chengdu Airlines and Northeastern Airlines became Hebei Airlines:
East Star Air A320 United Eagle A319 Northeastern A319
Several recent start-ups have chosen the A320 series. Qingdao Airlines is a JV with Air China whilst Loongair and Yunnan Hongtu Airlines are both private:
Qingdao Airlines A320 Loongair A320 Yunnan Hongtu A321
Tianjin Airlines A320 and various Special Clrs
Lucky Air A319 and A320s (3 schemes)
West Air A320s (3 schemes)
Still To Be Made On This Mould
Obviously Aeroclassics isn't the only game in town and Phoenix and JC Wings have made quite a few B-reg A320 family aircraft themselves. The above wishlist doesn't include any of these but it would be nice to be able to standardise the A320 fleet. Among this group there are airlines like Spring, Chengdu Airlines, several China Eastern special schemes, Hong Kong Express and Sichuan Airlines.
After all you can never have enough B reg Airbuses!!! :)
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