Vueling agrees to take three more aircraft for 2011

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Spanish budget carrier Vueling has agreed to take another three aircraft for capacity expansion in 2011.

In its third-quarter financial results today the carrier reveals that it has agreed to acquire the aircraft within its programme of growth.

Vueling, which uses an all-Airbus A320 fleet, adds that additional aircraft are "still in negotiation". It has not given further details on its fleet development.

"The company's flexibility will allow for growth without increasing its fixed costs," says Vueling. "The conditions agreed in the new collective agreement will contribute to achieving this growth with low costs."

Vueling raised capacity by 11% over the third quarter, during which it had 37 aircraft in operation against 35 last year.

Over 2011 the airline is expecting an increase in competition and the carrier is responding with a series of cost-reduction initiatives.

Vueling also says that its 2011 plans include interlining for long-haul connections in Barcelona. The airline's network includes 49 airports.