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12:00 AM, July 21, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 21, 2008

S Korean airline to buy 30 A350 planes

Asiana Airlines Inc has agreed to buy 30 new A350 XWB aircraft from Airbus, in response to the growing challenges of the business environment, S Korea's second-largest carrier said on Thursday.
"The A350 will play a key role in the Asian fleet of the future," Park Chan-bup, vice chairman and chief executive of Asiana Airlines, said in a statement. "In placing this order, we are ensuring that we will remain at the forefront of the airline industry, offering our passengers the very highest levels of comfort while operating only the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft."
Airlines have been plagued by soaring oil prices and growing environmental concerns, forcing them to cut their budget by cutting jobs and reducing costs where possible. They have also come to feel the urgency of adopting more fuel-efficient methods.
Asiana said delivery will begin in 2016. It agreed to buy three variants of the A350.
According to Asiana, the A350 has the widest fuselage in its category, offering unprecedented levels of comfort, the lowest operating costs of any aircraft in this market segment.

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