PARIS 2009: Israir opts for V2500s on A320s

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Israeli carrier Israir has selected the International Aero Engines V2500 powerplant for the three Airbus A320s it has on order.

The airline became the first Israeli operator to place a direct order with Airbus when it signed a deal for the aircraft two years ago.

Israir currently operates a pair of leased A320s with CFM International CFM56 engines.

But International Aero Engines, during the Paris Air Show, has disclosed that Israir has opted for its rival powerplant for the new twin-jets.

The manufacturer says the agreement includes a long-term aftermarket support deal and values the package at $80 million.

Israir chief executive Zohar Endelman says the engine "leads the way in terms of fuel-burn and emissions", while IAE states that the V2500 has "proven reliability" in hot, sandy conditions.