Pubs are traditional haunts for journalists in search of a story, and the scribes who dropped into the Flying Partners at Farnborough yesterday were not disappointed.

At the tavern mock-up which forms the heart of the International Aero Engines stand, the company announced four deals worth almost $300 million.

The four contracts for V2500 engine sales involve International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), EgyptAir, Heliopolis Airlines of Cairo and Kibris Turk Hava Yollari in Istanbul and are in addition to the $260 million contract awarded a week ago by United Airlines to power its new fleet of A319s.

ILFC has selected IAE to power seven A319/320/321 family airliners, taking its total V2500 fleet to 86, including firm and option aircraft.

EgyptAir's new fleet of A321s will be V2500 powered, a repeat of the airline's engine selection for its A320s seven years ago. Four A321s will be delivered to EgyptAir, and all will be in service by the end of next year.

New Egyptian airline Helipolis has selected the V2500 powered MD-90 for its charter operations, placing a firm order for one aircraft and taking two options.



The Kibris order is for three firm MD-90s - the first two for delivery in December - and options on a further three.

IAE president and CEO Barry Eccleston signed the deal with his counterpart at ILFC Steve Udvar-Hazy. Eccleston applauded the collaboration between the two organisations, which he said had made a major contribution to "seeding" his company's engine in the global market.




Source: Flight Daily News