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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Paris: Airbus Secures A350, A320 Orders from United, Spirit, HKAC

By Woodrow Bellamy III

Airbus continued to receive strong demand for its A320 and A350 family aircraft on the fourth day of the 2013 Paris Air Show, securing orders from North American carriers Spirit and United, as well as Chinese leasing company Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC).
HKAC placed the biggest order on Thursday, signing an agreement for the purchase of 40 new engine option (neo) A320neo and 20 A321neo aircraft, a $6.4 billion order at current list prices. The A320 order was HKAC's first direct order with any airframe manufacturer, as it looks to replicate the sales and leaseback success enjoyed over the past two years with its fleet of A320s and A330s.
Also on Thursday, Spirit Airlines placed a firm order for 20 A321s, a $2.1 billion order at current list prices. The low-cost carrier also opted to convert 10 of its existing A320 orders to A321s, scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2018. All of Spirit's aircraft will be equipped with the Airbus Sharklet wing-tip devices. 
United Airlines signed a new agreement with Airbus, converting a previous order for 25 A350-900s to the larger A350-1000 variant, as well as an order for 10 additional A350-1000 aircraft. The order brings United's total to 35 A350-1000s. 
Through Thursday at the Paris Air Show, Airbus has secured 241 firm commercial aircraft orders worth $39.3 billion. 


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