TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) has agreed to terms with Airbus S.A.S. for the order of five additional long-range wide-body A330-200 aircraft, and entered into a letter of intent with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) for the lease of two A330-200s. These additional aircraft allow US Airways to continue its international growth plans of adding approximately three to four new markets per year between 2009 and 2011.
The airline expects to take delivery of the five new aircraft from Airbus through 2011 and induct the two aircraft from ILFC in 2009. Combined with the ten A330-200s currently on order from Airbus, US Airways' A330-200 fleet will grow to 17 by 2011. US Airways currently operates nine wide-body Airbus A330-300s that share fleet commonality with the A330-200s.
"The A330-200 with its superior range relative to our existing fleet will allow US Airways to continue international expansion to new destinations across the globe from the Pacific to the Atlantic," said Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways. "We intend to use the A330s to expand our existing gateways as well as provide the potential to eventually add intercontinental service from our west coast hubs."
US Airways is the fifth largest domestic airline employing more than 36,000 aviation professionals worldwide. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,500 flights per day and serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers our customers 16,000 daily flights to 855 destinations in 155 countries worldwide. This press release and additional information on US Airways can be found at http://www.usairways.com. (LCCG)
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