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Air Corsica becomes first Airbus A320neo operator in France

Paris, France - The French carrier Air Corsica took delivery of the first of three Airbus A320neo on order.

With this delivery, Air Corsica became the launch operator of the Franco-German manufacturer's new generation single-aisle plane in France.

After its inaugural flight last month, the first Airbus A320neo of the Corsican company was officially delivered to the airline with a special ceremony held at the European planemaker's Toulouse delivery center.

The aircraft was leased from the Chinese lessor ICBC on a12-year leasing agreement.

The aircraft with registration F-HXKB (MSN9348) is equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and configured to accommodate 186 passengers.

The plane will leave Toulouse for its home base Bastia-Poretta airport in Corsica on December 4. Air Corsica is set to receive one more A320neo tomorrow with registration F-HXKJ (MSN9392).

Their commercial debut and planned routes will be announced next week.

The third and the final A320neo jet from the same order package is expected to join the French operator's fleet next year in April. Air Corsica currently operates six 180-seat previous generation A320s, five 70-seat ATR 72-500s, and one 48-seat ATR 42-500s.