In deals announced on the first day of the Dubai Airshow 2013, Qatar Airways has signed a letter of intent to order 50 Boeing 777-9X passenger aircraft and has signed a firm order for five more Airbus A330-200F freighters, optioning eight more A330-200Fs at the same time.

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Etihad Airways’ new Airbus order comprises 40 Airbus A350-900s, 10 A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos. It also has taken options on 30 additional Airbus aircraft from these families.

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Airbus is to offer a new lower-weight variant of its A330-300 widebody jet, the new version being optimized for use on domestic and regional routes in high-growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows.

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Airbus has handed over the 1,000th A330, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, to Cathay Pacific Airways at a ceremony in Toulouse on July 19.

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Scandinavian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to order eight Airbus A350-900s and four A330-300 Enhanced jets, as part of its strategy to modernize its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft.

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Airbus and SriLankan Airlines announced the memorandum of understanding on June 19, during the Paris Air Show 2013.

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The aircraft is the first of four new Airbus A330-300 widebodies being leased by Cebu Pacific from New York-based lessor CIT Group and will be used to launch the carrier’s new long-haul, low-fare operations.

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Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has ordered three more Airbus A330-300s, to add to three A330-300s and four A330-200s already in service.

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Although the carrier will officially adopt the ‘Fiji Airways’ brand in June, the aircraft will begin commercial services on April 2. The Airbus A330-200 was officially accepted by Nick Caine, Air Pacific’s chief financial officer, at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse on March 15.

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The additional order takes Turkish Airlines’ total firm purchases for Airbus A330-family widebodies to 35 aircraft.

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Airbus recorded a net-order total of 833 aircraft in 2012, comfortably exceeding its sales target of 650 aircraft for the year and adding $96 billion of business overall to its order backlog, going by list-price value. Additionally, Airbus delivered a company record of 588 aircraft to 89 customers.

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The new aircraft will start flying the Mumbai-Brussels route on December 22, according to Jet Airways. A second new Airbus A330-300 will be delivered later this month, with two more arriving in 2013.

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Airbus has moved to improve the A330-300 and A330-200 by offering a 242-metric-tonne maximum take-off weight capability for both models and, for the larger A330-300, an increased fuel-capacity option.

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TUI Travel PLC subsidiary Corsair has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus.

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TransAsia Airways of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The Airbus A330-300 was delivered to the airline at a ceremony in Toulouse on November 26.

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Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, has taken delivery of another new A330-300, which will become the 100th Airbus aircraft to enter service with the airline.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has signed a firm order for two additional Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. The airline has also converted previous orders for seven A320s to the larger A321 model.

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Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 A330-300s, the carrier’s seventh order for the A330 family and its 20th Airbus order overall. The 15 new Airbus A330-300 widebodies will be operated on medium- and long-haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport.

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The latest purchase agreement follows a firm order from Philippine Airlines in August for 44 single aisle A321s and 10 A330-300s under the carrier’s fleet modernization program. For its latest order the carrier has selected the 240-tonne high-gross weight version of the Airbus A330-300.

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