Airbus House Colours
Without a doubt the most interesting releases to non-Chinese collectors are the trio of Airbus house colours A321neos representing the 3 different variants of the type - the Pratt powered, CFM powered and the A321LR. The LR is particularly nice as it has the visually distinctive bandit mask that was pioneered by the A350 but is now also on the A330neo. It's a nice distinctive scheme also. Unsurprisingly with only 120 made of each of these the A321LR version is already really hard to find. I had to go through 3 different taobao sellers to find one, which is currently in transit to New Zealand.
Dragonair / Cathay Dragon
Probably the next most interesting to a Western audience are the Hong Kong based aircraft of Dragonair / Cathay Dragon. Three models represent the old scheme, in two versions, and the new colours. Again relatively large runs of 120 each were made of these:
The first 4 A321s made were actually all Air China examples. All are different in either engine choice or wingtips with the last having some extra CCTV Spring Festival characters on it. Volumes of these first 4 were very low but they are still available for purchase.
CZ also gets four releases but in this case 3 of them are neos - one with a German test registration.
In small numbers, only 60 each, China Eastern fleet builders are spoilt with 5 old colours A321s again in different engine and wingtip versions. Particularly interesting is B-9907, which has a white nose.
Of course everyone's favourite livery also features in no less than 6 editions including another test reg version. There is also the Connect colours which has been done by JC Wings on their inferior mould already.
Trans Asia Airways
Dream Air are a Taiwanese brand that have also utilised the new HYJLwings A321 for 4 versions of the now defunct Trans Asia Airlines fleet.
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