Mon, Nov 13, 2006
Airblue, billed as the
fastest-growing airline in Pakistan, has signed a firm contract for
two Airbus A320 aircraft and is currently in negotiations for four
more. The aircraft will sport 157 seats in a two-class
Airblue currently operates six A320 family aircraft and has
already carried over a million passengers since operations began
two and a half years ago. Airblue hopes to expand routes to
international destinations and offer long haul services to the UK
in the near future.
The A320 is a member of the most modern and advanced single
aisle aircraft family which features fly by wire technology. All
new aircraft are fitted with advanced systems to help reduce
maintenance and spares costs.
Louis Gallois, Airbus President and CEO and Co-CEO of EADS said,
"the purchase decision by Airblue reflects the technological
superiority of the A320, also providing a larger and more
comfortable cabin and more onboard baggage space per passenger as
well as being about eight per cent cheaper to operate than the
competition," he said.
The A320 is the world's most popular single aisle aircraft. In
2005, it outsold its Boeing 737 competition by almost two to one,
winning 65% of worldwide orders in this sector. Regionally, the
A320 is operated by around 75 percent of the regions airlines.
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