Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) has placed an order for twenty A320 Family aircraft, with an additional ten aircraft on option. The contract was signed at the end of December 2006. SALE is the largest leasing company customer for A320 Family aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, having already taken delivery of 51 aircraft ordered directly from Airbus.
"The A320 Family has played a key role in SALE's success and this latest order reflects our continued confidence in the long-term demand for this popular product line. We also look forward to developing further our close relationship with Airbus as we work to place these aircraft with airlines across the world," said Robert Martin, Chief Executive Officer of SALE.
"Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise's combination of clear global market vision and strong financial resources have seen it grow to become one of the leaders in the leasing market in recent years. Airbus is pleased to see the continuing strong demand for A320 Family aircraft in the SALE portfolio reflected in the latest repeat order," said Louis Gallois, President and CEO, Airbus.
With more than 4,900 aircraft ordered and almost 3,000 delivered to 187 operators, the A318, A319, A320 and A321 make up the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. Designed to optimise revenue through cabin adaptability and passenger comfort and featuring the most modern and complete fly-by-wire technology available on any single-aisle aircraft, they ensure savings in every element of direct operating cost and provide operators with the highest degree of operational commonality and economy for aircraft in the 100-220 seat category.
The A320 Family's optimised cabin cross-section - the widest single-aisle fuselage on the market - sets standards for passenger cabin flexibility in this segment. It allows for top-of-the-range comfort with wider seats and aisles, or an extra-wide aisle for the fast turnarounds that are essential in the low-cost markets. Superior cabin size and shape allow larger overhead stowage to be fitted for faster boarding and deplaning as well as greater convenience.
The A320 Family's impressive level of dispatch reliability further enhances profitability and passenger service. In addition, the A320 Family is an environmentally responsible neighbour, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprints in its class.
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