Air Europa first to sign up for new Airbus A350

21st December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - Spanish airline Air Europa has signed the first letter of intent to purchase the Airbus A350, signalling its interest in 10 of the long-range, mid-size planes launched just 11 days ago, the European aircraft maker said Tuesday in a statement.

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - Spanish airline Air Europa has signed the first letter of intent to purchase the Airbus A350, signalling its interest in 10 of the long-range, mid-size planes launched just 11 days ago, the European aircraft maker said Tuesday in a statement.

Noel Forgeard, Airbus chief executive and co-chief executive designate of parent group European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), said he was "sure (Air Europa's decision) will be followed soon by more airlines showing their interest in this latest Airbus product."

The protocol agreement covers the A350-800 model, which will have a range of 15,900 kilometres (8,600 nautical miles) and seat 245, and includes two additional purchase options.

The planes are to be delivered to Air Europa between 2010 and 2012.

Approval to begin development of the aircraft was given December 10 by both EADS, which owns 80 percent of Airbus, and BAE Systems of Britain, which has a 20 percent stake.

The A350 is destined to be a direct competitor to Boeing's fuel efficient 7E7 Dreamliner. A second model, the A350-900 will carry 285 passengers and has a range of 13,900 kilometres (7,500 nautical miles).

Forgeard said earlier this month he hoped to have 50 orders for the A350 by June 2005.

© AFP

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