Air Ones ambition demonstrated by big order
04 / 06 / 2008
AIR One, has signed a firm order with Airbus for 12 A350-900s, plus 12 options, and 12 A330-200s, plus eight options. The Rome-based airline, will use these aircraft to develop a comprehensive long-haul route network, which will complement Air One’s extensive domestic and European operations.
With this contract, Air One now has a total of 24 widebody aircraft on order with Airbus (plus 20 options), as well as a global agreement for 90 A320 aircraft, of which 65 A320s are firm orders and the remaining 25 are to be gradually firmed up.
Carlo Toto, president of Air One, said: “The purchase of 24 Airbus widebody long range aircraft is a key element in our company’s growth strategy, with a view to achieving major developments in the intercontinental market over the next few years. The A330s will give us the best economics and passenger comfort in the medium term, with the A350 providing us with the most efficient and modern aircraft family at the next stage of our growth plans. In addition, the commonality of those long range aircraft with our growing A320 fleet in operation, brings important savings and benefits.”
Tom Enders, Airbus president and chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted that Air One is again confirming its confidence in Airbus by ordering our long haul products, which will complement their A320 fleet. We are sure that the best selling A330 and the all-new A350 will contribute to Air One’s international growth plans with the right product, at the right time.”