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Airplanes and air show. Le Bourget: Middle East orders 4 A-321XLR

And Virgin Atlantic selects the new A-330 to renew and expand the fleet

Starting with the right way for the European aerospace giant Airbus, the Parisian show of "Le Bourget": after launching the A-321 Xtra Long Range aircraft today (see AVIONEWS), announces the first business. Middle East Airlines (MEA), the national airline of Lebanon, has signed a firm order for four of these new long-range airplanes, which makes it the launch customer for the latest evolution of the A-321neo family, the A 321XLR.

The order is added to the 15 aircraft of the A-321neo family already ordered. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020. MEA will use the A-321XLR to strengthen its network in Africa and Asia.

Also today it has been announced that Virgin Atlantic has selected 14 A-330/900s to replace the fleet A-330ceos starting from 2021, with options to further expand its wide-body aircraft fleet. The firm order for eight planes and six additional leases from Air Lease Corporation was signed today at the Paris Air Show by Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic and Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus.

Virgin Atlantic currently operates a fleet of 40 wide-body aircraft and will soon take delivery of its first of 12 A-350/1000.

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