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15 April 2010
15. April 2010 Commercial Aircraft

Aigle Azur takes delivery of its first brand new Airbus A319

Growing an all Airbus eco-efficient fleet

The French private airline Aigle Azur has received its first directly purchased brand new Airbus A319 at a delivery ceremony in Hamburg yesterday.

This new aircraft will join Aigle Azur's fleet of ten A320 Family aircraft, comprising three A319s, three A320s and four A321s.

The new A319 will be powered by CFM-56 engines from CFM International and will benefit from the latest aircraft design and technological improvements contributing to a better fuel and emission efficiency. In terms of cabin configuration, the airline has chosen a spacious two class cabin layout for 144 passengers, offering even more comfort with the new state of the art cabin interior.

Aigle Azur carries passengers to major tourist destinations in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean basin and Northern and Western Africa.

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

"The delivery of this brand new aircraft highlights our fleet upgrading strategy which enables us to offer our passengers the highest levels of comfort and services" said Arezki Idjerouidene, President of Aigle Azur. "With an all A320 Family fleet we benefit from savings in every element of direct operating costs and from the highest degree of operational commonality."

"By adding this new A319 to its fleet, Aigle Azur is ensuring that it will be well positioned to build on its success with the most modern, efficient and comfortable single aisle product available in the market," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. We are delighted to build on our existing close relationship with Aigle Azur and to contribute to its further success," he added.

The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. More than 6,500 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold to more than 300 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world's best selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.

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