Airbus says that, should IndiGo firm up the MOU, its firm order would represent the largest-ever single firm order for mainline jets in terms of aircraft numbers. Airbus values the deal at $14.2 billion.

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The agreement is part of an order book which now totals 242 Airbus A320-family aircraft, making easyJet one of the world’s largest customers for the A320 family.

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Initially announced as a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, the airline’s requirement for incremental A320-family aircraft is part of LAN’s growth strategy for Latin America.

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Aircraft leasing company Avolon has placed a firm order for eight Airbus A320s equipped with the new fuel-saving ‘Sharklets’ option.

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Airlines now have a choice between CFM International’s new LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engine. Known as the A320neo, the re-engined A320 family will also sport large, fuel-saving wingtip devices called Sharklets.

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Deliveries of the aircraft will take place over a three year period beginning in 2012. BOC Aviation will make an engine selection for the aircraft in the near future.

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Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has taken delivery of the first of 44 A320s the carrier has on order, becoming the newest operator of directly purchased Airbus aircraft.

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LAN Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow to order 50 new Airbus A320-family aircraft. The commitment includes 10 A321s, a new aircraft type for LAN.

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On the first morning of the Farnborough International Airshow 2010, on July 19, Airbus announced orders for a total of 111 A320-family aircraft from two leasing companies.

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