FARNBOROUGH: Air Lease order includes prior ANZ slots

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New lessor Air Lease Corporation's order for 51 Airbus twin-jets today will count as new business for the airframer, although the order covers two previously-booked slots for Air New Zealand.

The two slots were booked on behalf of the New Zealand carrier prior to the establishment of Steven Udvar-Hazy's Air Lease operation.

But Airbus chief operating officer for customers John Leahy, speaking at the Farnborough Air Show, said the slots had been rolled together with those for another 49 A320-family aircraft.

He adds that the order amounts to new business. Airbus has still not identified the customer behind a previously-booked order for 52 A320s.

Air Lease took delivery of its first aircraft, an A320 taken through an Air Berlin sale and leaseback, on 19 May.

The lessor's chief executive, John Plueger, says the decision to concentrate on narrowbodies is driven by the fact that they are the "bread and butter" for airlines and lessors.

"It's clear that the single-aisle product dominates the marketplace," he says.

Udvar-Hazy states that Air Lease has already acquired an Airbus A330-200 and indicates that additional widebodies will be part of the portfolio.