Brazil's largest airline orders 25 Airbus aircraft

08:46, June 09, 2010      

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Brazil's largest airline TAM and French plane maker Airbus signed Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding outlining an order of 25 aircraft during the ILA Air Show in Berlin, the Paris-based manufactuer said in a news release.

TAM Airlines inked an order with Airbus company for 20 new A320 Family and five A350-900 aircraft, bringing the Brazilian airline' s total Airbus orders to 176 aircraft, including 134 A320 Family, 15 A330-200s and 27 A350 XWB aircraft.

TAM's incremental A320 Family aircraft order will replace existing A320 Family aircraft as part of their commitment to keep an average fleet age of six years, Airbus said.

"With this new order, we can offer our customers one of the youngest fleets in the world of aviation," said Libano Barroso, Chief Executive Officer of the TAM Airlines.

According to the 2010 Airbus Global Market Forecast, Brazil's overall air traffic rates have soared to 36 percent above 2000 levels, with domestic traffic nearly doubling during that time.

Driving by great demand in Brazil in advance of the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, Latin America has turned to be Airbus' most supportive market in recent years. In last five years, the French company had 325 aircraft sold and a record backlog of more than 230 aircraft orders to be delivered to Latin American customers.

Airbus indicated that, to date, more than 370 Airbus aircraft are flying with 23 Latin American airlines, representing more than 40 percent of the fleet in service.



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