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New orders for Airbus' single aisle A320 series.

AIRBUS has won two new orders for its A320 series of narrow-bodied airliners bringing the total ordered to more than 10,200.

US airline Delta has announced that it will grow its A320 family with an order for 15 A321ceo (current engine option) aircraft to o -rent -set jet retirements.

Delta operates a large eet of Airbus aircraft, including 126 A320 Family aircraft and 32 A330s. e latest order brings Delta's backlog to 45 single-aisle Airbus A321 and 10 wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.

All of Delta's A321s will feature fuel-saving Sharklets - lightweight composite wingtip devices that oer 4% fuel-burn savings. It gives the airline the option of extending the aircrafts' range up to 100 nautical miles or increasing payload capacity by 450 kg.

Many of Delta's A321s will be delivered from Airbus' new A320 Family assembly line, currently under construction in Mobile, Alabama. Hiring is under way at the facility, and aircraft assembly will begin there next year. By 2017, the Mobile facility is expected to produce four aircraft per month.

Meanwhile, following its 2009 order for A320 Family aircraft Air New Zealand has placed orders for three A321neo, 10 A320neo and one additional A320ceo aircraft.

e agreement marks the -rst time Air New Zealand has ordered the larger A321 aircraft and the NEO. Engine selection and cabin con-guration will be made at a later date.

e A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family. e A320 Family fuselage is seven inches wider than competing aircraft and with a cargo hold designed for industry standard containers and pallets.

Air New Zealand chief executive ocer Christopher Luxon said the purchase con-rms the airline's intention to have an Airbus narrow body eet.

He said: "Operating one narrow body aircraft type will bring important eciencies in training, maintenance and operating costs. e new Airbus NEO will help ensure we continue to operate one of the world's youngest jet eets and will further drive fuel eciency allowing us to minimise our carbon footprint."

e A320 Family is the world's best-selling single aisle airliner series with more than 10,200 orders to date and 6,000 aircraft delivered. Airbus employs 6,000 people at Broughton in North Wales and another 4,000 at Filton near Bristol.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 3, 2014
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