AirAsia, winner of ATW's 2005 Market Leadership Award, signed a purchase contract for up to 100 A320s including 60 firm orders and 40 options. This is an increase of 20 aircraft over the carrier's original order placed late last year for 40 firm A320s and 40 options (ATWOnline, Dec. 17), underscoring its aggressive market growth plans. According to Airbus, the order will make AirAsia the largest operator of A320s in the Asia/Pacific region. Deliveries will commence in late 2005 and continue ...

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