Latin American carrier Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano (TACA) has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 14 additional single aisle Airbus aircraft. The contract includes an order for an A321, the first to be ordered by a Latin American airline. Financial terms were not disclosed.
With this order, the total number of Airbus aircraft to be delivered to TACA has increased to 26 units. The aircraft will be delivered between April 2005 and September 2009.
TACA currently operates a fleet of 32 Airbus aircraft comprising eight A319s and 24 A320s serving North and South America.
“We are extremely honoured by this renewed sign of confidence in our products,” said NoÃ«l Forgeard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus, “We view this order as the culmination of the remarkable turnaround TACA has achieved.”
TACA will be the first airline in Latin America to operate the A321 as of September 2005. The A321 will seat up to 186 passengers in a two-class configuration and, according to Airbus, will offer the lowest operating costs per seat in its class.