Russia's Transaero says to buy 4 Airbus 380 jets
Transaero, Russia's second-largest airline, has agreed to buy four Airbus A380 jets to expand a fleet that until now has mostly consisted of Boeing aircraft, a company spokesman said on Friday.
"A memorandum to purchase four Airbus A380 planes was signed today," Transaero spokesman Konstantin Tyurkin told AFP, adding the deliveries would not be made before late 2015.
He declined to put a price tag on the contract but said the catalogue price of four aircraft was $1.5 billion (1.05 billion euros).
In August, the Russian airline said it had signed a preliminary agreement with Airbus to buy eight smaller A320neo planes with the option of acquiring four more jets.
Under that deal, Airbus will supply the planes starting from 2017 over a period of two years, said Transaero, adding that the catalogue price of eight jets was $712 million.
Transaero, which began flying in 1991, said in September it had a fleet of 70 planes, mostly Boeing jets.
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