CORRECTED: Airbus says TAM orders 5 A350s, 20 A320s

8th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday it had received an order from TAM Airlines of Brazil for 20 A320 planes and five of its new long-haul A350-900 aircraft.

At catalogue prices, the order would be worth around 2.9 billion dollars (2.43 billion euros).

Airbus said a draft accord on the purchase was signed at the Berlin Air Show, where earlier Tuesday the Dubai airline Emirates said it order 32 A380 "superjumbos" for 11.5 billion dollars, which Airbus described as the biggest contract in civil aviation history.

The head of TAM Airlines, Libano Barroso, said acquisition of the A350, which is designed to compete with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, and the 320s would enable the airline to "operate a unified homogenous fleet throughout our domestic market."

TAM is currently Airbus's leading client in Latin America.

© 2010 AFP

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