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Airbus sells 65 A319 aircraft to new US low-fare flyer Skybus

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Thursday October 26, 2006

Toulouse, France- The new US low-fare carrier Skybus has ordered 65 A319 single-aisle aircraft from the European manufacturer Airbus, the Toulouse-based company announced Thursday. The planes will be used to accommodate passengers in a single- class configuration for Skybus, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, Airbus said in a statement. Skybus will enter service in early 2007 with a fleet of leased A319s.

"The significantly lower cost base delivered by operating the A319 will enable Skybus to deliver really low fares to our customers at our headquarters in Columbus," said Skybus Chief Executive Officer Bill Diffenderffer.

As is customary, the value of the contract was not divulged, as they are often accompanied by significant discounts from the catalogue price of the aircraft.

Also on Thursday, China signed an agreement to buy 150 Airbus A320 passenger planes to be produced and delivered from 2009 to 2012.

French media put the value of that deal at some 20 billion euros (25.1 billion dollars).

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency