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A330 900 AirAsia X croppedLE BOURGET, Paris: June 17, 2019. Virgin Atlantic has announced an order for 14 A330-900s, including six from Air Lease Corporation, to replace its A330ceos from 2021.

The contract, valued at US$4.1 billion, “will be another fantastic aircraft for cargo and will support our projected growth in the years ahead,” according to Virgin Atlantic Cargo managing director Dominic Kennedy.

Another announcement on the first day of the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget was the unveiling of the first A330-900neo for the AirAsia Group. The aircraft will be delivered from lessor Avolon for operation by AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand, from where it will be able to reach Europe non-stop.

AirAsia X currently operates 36 A330-300 aircraft and remains the largest airline customer for the A330neo with 66 on order.

Meanwhile Lebanon-based Middle East Airlines has signed a firm order for four A321XLRs, making it the launch customer with deliveries starting in 2020. With a 4,700NM range, MEA will use the aircraft to Africa and Asia.

Pictured at Le Bourget from left to right: AirAsia Deputy Group CEO Bo Lingam; Nadda Buranasiri, AirAsia X Group CEO; Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia X Malaysia Chairman; Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer; and Domhnal Slattery, Avolon Chief Executive Officer.

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