Another billion-dollar deal was announced at the show yesterday - by Airbus Industrie.

Brazilian airline TAM is to take five A330-200s, with options for a further five, and has chosen Pratt & Whitney PW4168 engines.

The engine choice between P&W and Rolls-Royce was made so late that representatives for R-R were still on hand when the announcement was made.

For AI, the sale is the first of the type to a Latin American customer.

Rolim Adolfo Amaro, president and chairman of TAM, says the aircraft will be used to launch intercontinental services from its Sao Paulo base.

"TAM pioneered the introduction of jet aircraft in the Brazilian regional transport market, operating 83 aircraft to 107 cities," he says.

"Now, we will launch new intercontinental services and we needed a competitive aircraft in terms of comfort, range, speed and economics."

First delivery is due in September 1998, with the five firm orders to be completed before the end of 1999.

Source: Flight Daily News