RAPIDLY-growing Etihad Airways has ordered two more Airbus jets in a s260m deal.
The national airline of the United Arab Emirates signed a firm order for a pair of additional A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of its continued growth plans.
The planes, like Etihads current A330 fleet, will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, with wings built at the Airbus plant in Broughton, near Chester, which employs more than 6,000 staff.
Etihad Airways has also converted seven of its previously ordered A320s to the larger A321 model.
President and chief executive James Hogan said: The reliable and highly versatile Airbus A330-200 has been an integral part of our global passenger and cargo success.
As our operations and network continue to grow in scale we feel the A330-200 is the right fleet type to expand with.
Our decision to convert seven of our A320s on order into A321s reflects the increasingly strong demand we are seeing across our different routes and we look forward to taking delivery of our first in November 2013.
Airbus customers boss Tom Leahy added: Winning a fifth repeat order from Etihad for A330s is without a doubt a strong endorsement for the aircrafts unique combination of unbeatable economics, versatility and fuel efficiency.
The A330 family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,200 orders and around 900 aircraft are flying with in excess of 90 operators worldwide.
Meanwhile, Chinese aircraft company ICBC Financial Leasing Co has taken delivery of its first of 92 Airbus aircraft after a ceremony held in Toulouse, France.
ICBCs A320 is equipped with 180 seats in a single class cabin and powered by CFMI engines. The aircraft will be operated by the low cost carrier Thai Air Asia.
The delivery is part of a firm order for 42 A320s signed in June 2011. In August 2012, ICBC placed a second order for an additional 50 A320 family aircraft, including 30 A320ceo (current engine option) and 20 A320neo (new engine option). In total ICBC has ordered 92 Airbus single aisle aircraft.