Hamburg - Chinese private airline operator Qingdao Airlines has received the first of its eighteen Airbus A320neos ordered.

Since the start of operations in 2014, the Chinese carrier has been flying exclusively with aircraft from Airbus. In addition to the new A320neo, Qingdao Airlines operates 14 Airbus A320-200. The airline plans to expand its network with the new and more economical A320neo thanks to its new engines.

Qingdao Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan(GTF) to power its A320neos.

On September 2013, the carrier placed an order for five Airbus A320 and 18 A320neo. The deal is valued at USD 2.5 billion at list prices. Qingdao Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 60 aircraft by 2020.

Airbus' re-engineered single-aisle is currently the most popular narrow-body aircraft in China and operated by Air China, Capital Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China West Air, Chongqing Airlines, Hong Kong Express, Loong Air, Lucky Air, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Spring Airlines, and Tianjin Airlines.