Airbus confirms Guggenheim A330-200F order

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Airbus has today confirmed US lessor Guggenheim Aviation has signed up for six of its newly launched A330-200 freighters, becoming the first customer to sign a firm contract for the aircraft in the process.

The European manufacturer yesterday announced the industrial launch of the A330-200F, for which it received authorisation to offer last summer. In addition, to the previously disclosed commitments for 20 and six of the type from US lessor Intrepid Aviation Group and Flyington Freighters, Airbus hoped a further six-strong commitment would shortly be finalised..

ATI yesterday reported Guggenheim would be announced as the third customer for the type, and today Airbus has confirmed the US cargo leasing specialist has signed a contract for six aircraft – firming up a letter of intent signed in October.

Guggenheim becomes a launch customer for the aircraft, but will not be the first to take the aircraft. Deliveries to Guggenheim are expected in 2010, but the first aircraft is planned to enter service in the second half of 2009.

Managing director of Guggenheim, which last year signed for Boeing 747-8Fs and 777Fs, Paul Newrick says: “Guggenheim Aviation Partners is making a significant investment in the acquisition of medium range and long-haul freighters, as we believe this is a market that is currently underserved and is expected to benefit from near-term industry growth.”

Airbus COO customers John Leahy says: “The decision by such an investment firm to acquire the A330-200 freighter is a great endorsement for our new freighter. It clearly demonstrates Guggenheim's foresight and the confidence investors put in the value of our new freighter.”