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Transaero Airlines Signs Firm Order for 8 Airbus A320neo

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Russias Transaero Airlines has signed a firm order for eight Airbus A320neo aircraft following a Memorandum of Understanding signed in August at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2011 in Moscow.

The A320neo (new engine option) is an efficiency improvement package offering up to 15% fuel savings on the A320 Family.

Transaero Airlines is planning to operate the aircraft on its extended medium-haul network of domestic and international routes as part of its expansion strategy and fleet renewal programme.

Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines CEO, said, This order for the A320neo confirms Transaeros ambition to become the first operator of this aircraft type in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. These newest aircraft will enable us to offer maximum comfort to our passengers, while their high fuel efficiency will help us make air transportation affordable for wider audience.

The A320neo has over 95% airframe commonality with the current A320, making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.

The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 Family entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15% in fuel savings. This reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4m litres of fuel the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars. This saves 3,600 metric tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year, the amount absorbed by 240,000 mature trees. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6 and this aircraft also has a considerably smaller noise footprint.

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