International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has signed a contract at the Paris Le Bourget Air Show for the purchase of 111 Airbus aircraft, including five A380-800s and five A380-800F freighters, 21 A330 aircraft and 80 A320 Family aircraft.
The deal is estimated to be worth US$8 billion at list prices.
ILFC’s order for A330 aircraft would include a large number of A330-200 freighters, should Airbus decide to launch such a programme later in the year, making ILFC the launch customer for this new aircraft.
‘The order reflects our continued commitment to Airbus’ outstanding products and ever-increasing market presence,’ said Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, ILFC’s Chief Executive Officer. ‘We foresee further increases in the demand for these aircraft, including and in particular, for the A380, both in its passenger and freighter versions.’
‘When such a major industry player as ILFC makes such a large-scale decision, it is an excellent indicator that we are on the right track,’ said Airbus Chief Executive Officer NoÃ«l Forgeard. ‘We are very appreciative of the level of ILFC’s commitment to Airbus, in particular for the distribution and financing of our new products worldwide.’
ILFC was a launch customer for Airbus’ A380, but also for the A318, A319, A321-200 and the A330-200 making ILFC Airbus’ largest single customer worldwide.