Friday, October 15, 2010

Hong Kong Airlines confirms orders for A330 and A350 XWB

Castor plant - photo Airbus has announced finalization of contract with Hong Kong Airlines covering the order of 10 more A330-200 long range aircraft and converted an existing order for 15 A330s to the A350 XWB. The agreement were previously announced upon signing of an initial MOU during the Farnborough Air Show in July this year.

The statement on Airbus website indicates that deliveries of the newly ordered A330-200s will commence in 2012, while the carrier's first A350 XWB will arrive in 2018. The aircraft will be operated across a long haul network currently being developed by the airline to link Hong Kong with a wide range of destinations in Europe and North America.

"Today's announcement underscores our plan to operate an extensive long haul network," said Yang Jian Hong, President, Hong Kong Airlines. "The A330-200 is the perfect platform for us to develop these services, while the all-new A350 XWB will become our new flagship towards the end of this decade."

"We are extremely pleased that Hong Kong Airlines has placed its confidence in our products to build its long range fleet," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "With the A330 and the A350 XWB, the carrier will be operating the cleanest, most efficient aircraft available in the mid-size widebody market, both now and in the future."


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