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LAN confirms Latam record order for 50 medium-hauls A320 airliners

Tuesday, December 21st 2010 - 20:18 UTC
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 The first aircraft will begin to be delivered in 2013 The first aircraft will begin to be delivered in 2013

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday it had received a firm order from Chilean carrier LAN for 50 medium-haul A320 airliners, which at catalogue prices would be worth more than 4 billion dollars. Airbus said the LAN commitment was the manufacturer's largest single aircraft order ever recorded in Latin America.

Initially announced as a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Air-show in July, the airline’s requirement for incremental A320-family aircraft is part of LAN’s growth strategy for Latin America, serving as new and replacement aircraft for both existing and new routes.

LAN has also selected Sharklets for the A320, which LAN will start receiving in 2013.

Sharklets are large wing-tip devices that will enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 family, according to Airbus. They are expected to reduce each aircraft’s fuel burn by up to 3.5% over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual reduction of up to 700 metric tons of carbon dioxide per aircraft. This latest development is part of a larger, continuous-improvement program for the A320 family.

LAN Airlines’ order also includes 10 A321s, a new aircraft type for the airline. The latest order brings LAN’s total Airbus orders to 152 aircraft.

“Since 2008, our short haul fleet has been entirely composed by Airbus A320-family aircraft,” says Ignacio Cueto, LAN Airlines’ chief operating officer. “Through this agreement, we confirm LAN’s commitment to the development of commercial aviation in Latin America by carefully selecting our aircraft based on its ability to effectively and efficiently serve our short- and long-haul flight needs.”

As of today, LAN’s total Airbus orders exceed 150 aircraft and the LAN Group’s airlines have more than 60 Airbus jets in passenger operations today throughout Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

“We are most satisfied with LAN continued trust in Airbus and the close collaboration we have developed in these last twelve years”, said John Leahy from Airbus. “The Airbus 320-Family has been recognized as the most modern and eco-efficient among one alley aircraft and we continue investing for the best to become even better”, he added.

Airbus has sold more than 550 aircraft in Latin America and has a record backlog of more than 250 aircraft to be delivered to its Latin American customers. Today more than 300 Airbus aircraft are flying with 22 Latin American airline customers and operators, representing more than 40% of the fleet in service in the region.

The manufacturer has sold some 6,800 A320 family aircraft (A318, A319, A320 and A321) and has delivered more than 4,400 A320-family aircraft to some 310 customers and operators worldwide. Airbus says that, uniquely for a single-aisle jet, the A320 family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body belly-cargo system.

“We are most satisfied with LAN continued trust in Airbus and the close collaboration we have developed in these last twelve years”, said John Leahy from Airbus. “The Airbus 320-Family has been recognized as the most modern and eco-efficient among one alley aircraft and we continue investing for the best to become even better”, he added.
 

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