DUBAI 09: Air Austral firms high-density A380 order

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Air Austral has firmed its $650 million order for two single-class, high-density Airbus A380s.

The airline will configure the aircraft with an 840-seat layout for use on services from Reunion to Paris.

Air Austral is fitting the jets with Engine Alliance GP7200 engines. Deliveries will take place in 2014.

The deal represents the confirmation of a memorandum of understanding disclosed in January. It takes firm orders for the A380 to 202 aircraft from 17 customers.