China's first Airbus A320 completes maiden flight

The first A320 aircraft assembled in China successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday and is to be delivered to a Chinese customer in June, European plane maker Airbus announced.

"The first A320 assembled ... on an Airbus final assembly line in China successfully carried out its first flight today," the manufacturer said.

The plane next month will be delivered to Dragon Aviation Leasing and will be operated by Sichuan Airlines, the company added.

Airbus said 11 A319/320 passenger aircraft are to be delivered this year from Tianjin, 120 kilometers north of Beijing, where the company opened an assembly plant last year.

The plant's output is expected to increase to four planes a month by the end of 2011.