Friday, December 20, 2013
Airbus Wins A350 Order From Air Caraibes
Airbus has received a $996 million order for three A350-1000 XWB wide body aircraft from French Caribbean regional carrier Air Caraïbes.
Under the purchase agreement, the airline will also lease three A350-900s from International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC). Air Caraïbes will use the aircraft on routes from Paris to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Maarten, Haïti, Saint-Domingue and French Guiana which are currently operated by A330s.
Jean-Paul Dubreuil, president of the supervisory board at Air Caraïbes, said the new A350s will allow the airline to add capacity and provide an "unrivaled economic advantage in a very competitive market." Airbus has said its A350 family uses 25 percent less fuel than current in-service wide body aircraft.
The A350s will enter service between 2016 and 2022 for Air Caraïbes.