The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has sold 18 airliners, including three new long-range A340-500 aircraft, to a private Algerian airline, Khalifa Airways, the company said Thursday, March 22.
The catalogue value of the order is about $1.6 billion (€1.7 billion). The order also covered five long-range, twin-engined A330-200 and 10 medium-range A320 aircraft, Airbus said. The aircraft would be delivered from the beginning of 2004.
Khalifa, which was created in August 1999, would use the aircraft to develop flights in the Mediterranean region and for the launch of long-distance flights, Airbus said.
The four-engined, A340-500, can carry 313 passengers in three classes over 15,750 kilometers (11,000 miles) — from Algiers to Perth in Australia for example — non-stop, Airbus said. — (AFP, Paris)
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