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Transaero Airlines Firms Up Order for Four A380s

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Russias Transaero Airlines has completed a purchase agreement with Airbus for four A380 aircraft.

 The agreement was signed today by Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines CEO and Christopher Buckley, Airbus Executive Vice President Europe, Asia and the Pacific on the first day of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

 The order follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2011, and will be financed with the support of VEB Leasing.

With the order, Transaero becomes the first customer for the A380 in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. The Russian carrier plans to start operations with the A380 on its long-range network of high density routes from Moscow.

 The aircraft will feature a three class cabin layout, seating about 700 passengers.

Our airline, with its strong innovation culture, will be the first in Russia to fly the A380, the worlds largest passenger aircraft. I am sure that the operation of the A380 will stimulate the development of Russias aviation sector, in particular, its ground infrastructure. In addition, our passengers will benefit from the completely new air travel experience that the A380 offers with its spacious, comfortable cabin, for their long-haul flights, said Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines CEO.

Transaero Airlines launched its services in November 1991, and currently serves more than 130 routes all over the world.

Including this order for four A380 from Transaero, the total A380 order book stands at 257 aircraft from 20 customers worldwide. To date, Airbus has delivered 77 aircraft to eight customers.

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