AIRCRAFT maker Airbus is celebrating its two latest orders.
The European manufacturer, which employs more than 6,000 staff at its Broughton wing-making plant near Chester, announced that Air Lease Corporation (ALC), the Los Angeles-based aircraft leasing company, has signed a contract for 25 A350 XWB (xtra wide body) family aircraft, comprising 20 A350-900 and five A350-1000s, with options for five additional A350-1000s.
ALC has also signed a purchase order for 14 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft following an earlier agreement announced at the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show for 36 A320neo family aircraft plus 14 options.
And Airbus announced a deal with Turkish Airlines which has signed a firm order for two additional A330-300 passenger aircraft and three options as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans.
The additional order for the A330 family is taking their total firm order for the type to 38.
Steven F. Udvar-Házy, ALC’s chairman and chief executive, said. “ALC offers its customers the most modern, efficient aircraft on the market, and both the A350 XWB and the neo fit right in that category.”
John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers, added: “ALC’s continued confidence in Airbus products and especially our fuel efficient A350 XWB and A320neo families is a great indicator of the long-term success of these aircraft.”
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines says its new aircraft will be deployed on medium- and long-haul routes from its hub in Istanbul.
“As one of the fastest growing airlines, our strategy of growth needs to be fully supported by efficient, reliable and profitable aircraft” said Dr Temel Kotil, chief executive of Turkish Airlines.
Mr Leahy said: “We are very proud to win a repeat order from Turkish Airlines as it shows without doubt a strong endorsement for the A330 unique combination of unbeatable economics, versatility and fuel efficiency.”