Ameco Beijing’s plan to invest $80 million in new hangar facilities provides the clearest indication to date that Chinese flag carrier Air China is eyeing the launch of Airbus A380 operations in time for the country’s Olympic Games in 2008.
...Air China is known to have been discussing the acquisition of A380s through a lease deal with International Lease Finance. Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines is the country’s only declared A380 customer (with orders for five) and plans that the aircraft will enter service before the Beijing Olympics in August 2008.
“You could expect Air China might be appearing in ILFC´s books,” says Ameco Beijing executive director of support and marketing Hans Seeger...
This would take care of the 5 A380pax ILFC has on firm order.