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19 July 2006
19. July 2006 Commercial Aircraft

ILFC order for A320s takes its total Airbus orders beyond 600 aircraft

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), the world's largest commercial leasing company and a subsidiary of American International Group, Inc, has signed a contract with Airbus for six additional A320 Family aircraft. The deal takes ILFC's orders for the Airbus A320 Family to more than 430, and its total orders for all Airbus types to over 600, including more than 120 A330/A340s, 16 A350s and 10 A380s.

"Worldwide demand for airliners, and especially the Airbus A320 Family, remains strong, so it makes sense to top up our orders from time to time so as to maintain aircraft availability for our customers," said ILFC Chairman and CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy. "The Airbus A320 Family has been a real winner for us and, with improvements such as the new and improved cabin, it continues to get better and better."

ILFC is Airbus' largest single customer worldwide.

"ILFC's success is built on anticipating the needs of the marketplace and investing in aircraft that retain their value, as well as the leading role that it enjoys in the leasing business, which makes it a widely recognised trendsetter," said Airbus President and CEO Christian Streiff.

Airbus' A320 Family features the most modern design plus the most spacious cabin of any aircraft in its class, delivering unmatched passenger comfort and unparalleled economy and reliability.

Firm orders for the Airbus A320 Family now stand at more than 4,300 aircraft, making them the world's fastest and best-selling airliners of all times. The Airbus A320 Family is in service with more than 200 customers and operators worldwide.

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