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Air Austral to buy two A380s with 840 seats

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Té / 16 November 2009

Air Austral will be the first airline to fly planes carrying over 800 passengers. The order will be confirmed at Dubai Airshow 2009, said industry sources.

Air Austral, based in Reunion island, will become the first airline to fly planes carrying over 840 people after confirming an order for two Airbus A380 superjumbos later on Monday, industry sources said according to Reuters.

The sources said a provisional order for two of the European planes worth some $650 million at list prices, placed in January, would was expected to be firmed up at the Dubai event.

Airbus declined to comment.

Air Austral is the first airline to order a single-class version of the world’s largest airliner, which is capable of carrying 840 passengers when contains same seats.

The 200 aircraft sold so far have all been ordered in their standard configuration of 525 seats and airlines have in practice opted for fewer seats by making more room for premium passengers.

But A380 is not only for people who want to take a shower in the air, this plane is able to contribute to a significantly lower price, 30% less than the price of a long-haul flight .

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