Avion Aircraft Trading commits to six A330-200Fs

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Iceland’s Avion Aircraft Trading has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for six A330-200 freighters.

The Reykjavik-based aircraft acquisition unit, which is partly owned by Air Atlanta Icelandic parent HF Eimskip, becomes the fifth company to make a commitment for the new aircraft, which was formally launched last month. Deliveries of these aircraft are scheduled in 2010 and 2011.

Avion Aircraft Trading chief David Masson says: “The A330-200F is the ideal complement to our portfolio of bigger cargo aircraft and builds on the successful experience we had in Iceland with the A310 and A300-600 freighters.

“Its payload range characteristics will open up new possibilities for our airline customers paired with very attractive operating costs.”

Avion’s announcement takes commitments for the A330-200 freighter up to 40, after earlier commitments from lessors Intrepid Aviation Group and Guggenheim Aviation Partners, India’s Flyington Freighters and Turkey’s MNG Airlines. Airbus has yet to finalise engine options on the A330F.