Virgin America's deal boosts Airbus order to 10,000

21:04, January 17, 2011      

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U.S. airline Virgin America's contract ordering 60 A320s from Airbus has boosted the European aircraft maker's accumulative order to 10,000 till now, the France-based plane producer said Monday.

Virgin America has recently signed a firm contract with Airbus for 60 A320s, including 30 A320neo aircraft, becoming the launch customer ordering the A320 new engine option. The two sides initiated the contract at British Farnborough International Airshow last July.

According to Airbus, the A320neo specially designed with Sharklet wing tip can offer a 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption and engine options from CFM International's LEAP-X engine and Pratt&Whitney's PurePower PW1100G engine.

Last week, India's largest low-cost carrier IndiGo has signed a memorandum of understanding for 180 Airbus A320 aircraft, including 150 A320 neos. The first A320 neo was to be delivered from 2016 under the IndiGo-Airbus deal.

Based in San Francisco, California, Virgin America was founded in August 2007. It has an exclusive fleet of more than 30 A320 family aircraft with a growing network across North America.

Founded in December 1970, the Toulouse-headquartered Airbus sent its first aircraft into service in 1974 with Air France. Its first 1,000th order was realized in 1989, and its total sale accumulated 9,000 in 2008.

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