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Air Berlin Orders 70+40 Airbus A320s (Nov. 5)

Air Berlin and its Austrian partner NIKI today decided on the joint purchase of 110 Airbus A320s. A firm order for 70 aircraft has been placed, 60 of which will be delivered to Air Berlin and 10 to NIKI.

The airlines have an option to purchase a further 40 aircraft. Delivery of the planes will start in September 2005.

The A320s for Air Berlin and NIKI will have single-class seating for 174 passengers and will be used for flights within Europe.

Joachim Hunold, managing partner of Air Berlin, remarked: “By placing this large order, we want to ensure that we can continue to grow in the low-cost segment for a long time to come.”

Niki Lauda commented: “By choosing Airbus we have opted not only for a quality product, but also for what is currently the most modern medium-haul aircraft around.” (ends)
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