Aerolineas Argentinas will begin to introduce a fleet of up to 12 Airbus A340s next March, after signing a memorandum of understanding with Airbus Industrie.

The airline has concluded a deal for four 225-seat A340-200s and two larger 264-seat A340-300s. The A340-200s are believed to be ex-Philippines or ex-Air France aircraft leased from Airbus.

The MoU includes six more 309-seat A340-600s for delivery from 2004. Airbus says the deal will enable the airline to improve its services to Europe and New Zealand, which are operated by its fleet of nine Boeing 747-200s.

Source: Flight International