South African Airways has signed an order for forty one Airbus SAS planes...
South African Airways has signed an order for forty one Airbus SAS planes worth about three and a half billion dollars, giving the European aircraft maker a contract from an airline that had previously been supplied by the American rival Boeing.
South African Airways, confirming a preliminary order placed in March, will buy 38 planes directly from Airbus and lease three from American International Group Inc.'s International Lease Finance Corp. unit., Airbus said in a faxed statement.
?We will be able to make tremendous cost savings in terms of training, crew, engineering, support infrastructure and spare parts? because the cockpits of Airbus planes are identical, said South African Airways Chief Executive Andre Viljoen in the statement.
South African Airways is the second customer this year with an all-Boeing fleet to choose Airbus planes. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said in March that it will buy an unspecified number of Airbus aircraft, the first time it has chosen the Toulouse, France-based planemaker's models in twenty five years.