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India's Flyington cancels A330 freighter order

India's Flyington Freighters has cancelled its order for 12 Airbus A330-200Fs, four years after becoming one of the type's initial customers.

Flyington had been intending to equip its A330 freighters with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.

The start-up carrier had been the first cargo operator to sign up to the new type when it ordered six in 2007, before doubling its commitment later the same year.

Airbus' latest order and delivery figures, covering January 2011, confirm the cancellation of a dozen A330 freighters, and the airframer no longer lists Flyington as a customer.

Gross orders for 32 aircraft were recorded by Airbus in the first month of the year, including six A380s ordered by South Korea's Asiana Airlines on 6 January.

Other agreements covered 12 A330-300s for lessor GECAS, as well as a pair for tour operator TUI Travel which will be used by France's Corsair.

Holiday carrier Thomas Cook Airlines' Scandinavian division also signed for 12 A321s which will be fitted with 'sharklet' wingtips.

Flyington's cancellation brings Airbus' net order total this year to 20. The airframer also delivered 33 aircraft over the month, including two A380s to Qantas.

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