Latest mega-deal announced by Airbus
AEROPLANE manufacturer Airbus has unveiled yet another major multi-million order.
The firm, which employs more than 4,000 in Bristol, yesterday announced that a low-cost Indonesian airline has ordered 25 of its planes in a deal estimated to be worth around £1 billion.
Although airbus has been knocked of its perch as the world's leading airplane manufacturer by American rival Boeing, the company has still had a great start to 2013.
In recent weeks the firm announced it had landed a £5 billion deal with Singapore Airlines.
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The airline ordered five of the super-jumbo Airbus A380 aircraft and 20 more A350 planes in a deal valued at $7.5 billion – about £5 billion.
That mega-deal was quickly followed by the announcement that AirAsia had ordered 100 A329neos - which are part-designed in Filton.
The deal, worth an estimated £5 billion, was announced by David Cameron – who said it would help to safeguard 9,000 jobs in the UK's aviation industry.
And that has been followed with a new deal with Citilink, the low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia.
The airline has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 A320neo aircraft. The aeroplane, which was part designed in Bristol, has been a huge hit in the aviation sector thanks to its fuel efficiency.
The latest deal is the first time Citilink has bought planes directly from Airbus and it follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft.
"The A320 has played a key role in the recent success of Citilink" said Arif Wibowo, Chief Executive Officer of Citilink.
"The low operating costs, fast turnaround times and strong passenger appeal of the A320 make it perfect for our operation and we are looking forward to the even greater efficiencies that will come with the NEO"
John Leahy, the head of sales at Airbus, added: "We are pleased to welcome Citilink as a new customer of Airbus.
"The order underlines the A320 family's position as the preferred choice for full service and low cost carriers worldwide, both with the current and new engine options."
Incorporating new engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices which were designed at Filton, the A320neo cuts down on fuel use by 15 per cent.
The reduction in fuel use is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel - the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year.
With close to 8,900 aircraft ordered and over 5,300 aircraft delivered to over 380 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 has become the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft.
However, Boeing has seen a big upsurge in sales thanks to the popularity of the new 737 Dreamliner.