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17 June 2009
17. June 2009 Commercial Aircraft

Aigle Azur orders its first brand new Airbus A319


Airline boosts eco-efficiency with an all Airbus fleet

Airline boosts eco-efficiency with an all Airbus fleet

The French private airline Aigle Azur has placed a firm order with Airbus for one new A319 aircraft. This is the first time the airline has purchased an aircraft directly from Airbus.

The new A319 will be configured in a comfortable two-class layout and will be powered by CFM-56 engines from CFM International.

Aigle Azur currently operates a fleet of ten A320 Family aircraft, comprising three A319s, three A320s and four A321s. Aigle Azur flies from several cities in France to various destinations including Algeria, Mali, Morocco, Portugal and Tunisia.

Founded in 1946, Aigle Azur is the oldest private French airline. The company became an Airbus operator in 2003 and has operated an all-Airbus fleet since 2005.

"This first acquisition of an all-new aircraft is fully in line with our policy of continuous fleet modernization, which addresses the needs to satisfy our customers, the respect for the environment, the reliability of operations and the reduction of maintenance costs" said Arezki Idjerouidene, President of Aigle Azur and GoFast Group.

"I am delighted by this vote of confidence for our best selling A320 Family from Aigle Azur," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "The A320 Family is undoubtedly the world's favourite single-aisle aircraft which features the highest passenger appeal combined with the lowest operating costs and lowest fuel burn, making it extremely eco-efficient. We are confident that the new A319 will definitely contribute to the further success of Aigle Azur. We look forward to a long-term partnership."

The A320 Family is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. With more than 6,320 aircraft sold, and over 3,850 aircraft delivered to more than 300 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. The Family comprises four aircraft (A318, A319, A320 and A321) that share the same cockpit and have the same cabin cross-section and systems.

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, the A320 Family ensures savings in every element of direct operating costs and provides 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 the standards for passenger cabin adaptability in this segment allowing for top-of-the-range comfort with wider seats and aisles.

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