Synergy Aerospace, main shareholder of Avianca and SAM in Colombia, Oceanair in Brazil and VIP in Ecuador, has
signed a contract with Airbus for ten A350-800s. This contract firms up the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Synergy Aerospace and Airbus in February 2008. "After having ordered 57 Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, we at the group have again selected Airbus aircraft for the modernisation of our fleets", said German Efromovich, President of Synergy Aerospace. "The A350 XWB is simply the best choice for our affiliates, fulfilling our high expectations on passenger comfort and operational efficiency.""The A350 XWB will make Synergy Aerospace's affiliates even more competitive; in terms of fuel savings and operational efficiency this aircraft is unbeatable. It has the widest fuselage, giving airlines ample cabin configuration flexibility, and the passenger maximum comfort and space. It simply offers more of all this with less fuel burn and environmental impact", said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) Family is Airbus' response to widespread market demand for a series of highly efficient medium-capacity long-range wide-body aircraft. With a range of up to 8,300 nm / 15,400 km, it is available in three basic passenger versions: the A350-800 accommodating 270 passengers, the A350-900 seating 314, and the A350-1000 for 350 passengers in a typical three-class layout. The A350 has the widest fuselage in its category, offering unprecedented levels of comfort, the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile cost of any aircraft in this market segment.Powered by two new generation Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines delivering each up to 92,000 lbs of thrust, the A350 XWB Family is designed to confront the challenges of high fuel prices, rising passenger expectations, and environmental concerns. Orders for the aircraft stand at more than 350 from over 20 customers.