Air New Zealand confirms Airbus order

<p>Airbus will be providing 13 new aircraft to Air New Zealand.</p>

The share price of Airbus is up this morning (June 2nd) on the back of Air New Zealand announcing it has placed a major order for new aircraft from the manufacturer.

Air New Zealand stated that it has bought 13 new planes from the firm, with the news revealed by the airline's chief Christopher Luxon, who was speaking at an industry conference in Doha.

He announced that ten A320neo, one A320 and three A321 aircraft have been ordered by the airline, with the planes having a combined list price of about $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion). However, the terms of the deal have not been announced by either party and it is typical for aircraft manufacturers to give airlines a significant discount when purchasing multiple planes.

Mr Luxon said: "This new fleet will further enhance the experience for our customers and will drive fuel efficiency enabling us to minimise our carbon footprint by saving around 3,600 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year."

Replaced planes

The purchase of the new aircraft from Airbus means that Air New Zealand will be replacing its current fleet of 13 international short-haul A320s, but the planes are not likely to be delivered by the manufacturer until between 2017 and 2019.

On the back of the announcement of the Air New Zealand order, the share price of Airbus rose by a significant amount on the Paris Stock Exchange in the early stages of the new week's trading. By 08:28 BST, stocks in the aircraft manufacturer were up by 1.6 per cent compared to the start of the day as investors responded strongly to news of the order from Air New Zealand.

Airbus is locked in a battle for business with its main rival in the aircraft manufacturing sector, Boeing. The two companies compete fiercely for orders from airlines and each one secured represents a boost not just for their own business, but a blow to the rival firm as well.

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