LAN signs firm order for 50 A320 aircraft

LAN Airlines signed a firm order for 50 new eco-efficient airbus A320 Family aircraft, making it the largest single airline order for Airbus in Latin America.

Initially announced as a Memorandum of Understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, the airline’s request 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 that start being delivered in 2013.

Ignacio Cueto, LAN Airlines’ chief operating officer, said: “Since 2008, our short- haul fleet has been entirely composed by Airbus A320-Family aircraft. 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.”

“We are extremely pleased with LAN’s continued confidence in Airbus and greatly appreciate the partnership established with LAN over the past 12 years,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer customers. “The A320 Family is recognised as being the most modern and efficient single-aisle aircraft around and, through ongoing investments, the best continuously keeps getting better.”

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