AIRBUS INDUSTRIE has won a close fight with Boeing to provide aircraft for start-up carrier Air Macau, which is to begin operations soon after Macau's first international airport opens for business in November.

Air Macau is to lease two A320s and two A321s, both powered by International Aero Engines V2500s, from International Lease Finance of San Francisco. The A321s are to be delivered and operated before the end of 1995: the A320s will be delivered for operations from the first quarter of 1996.

Competing aircraft lease company General Electric Capital was offering CFM56-powered Boeing 737-300s and -400s (Flight International, 14-20 June).

The new carrier will link Macau with China and the Western Pacific region.

Source: Flight International