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Jet Airways takes delivery of new Airbus in Berlin

Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways, was on hand at the Berlin Air Show last month to take delivery of his firm's latest Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways, was on hand at the Berlin Air Show last month to take delivery of his firm's latest Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Forming part of an order that will eventually see 15 aircraft delivered to Jet, this was the seventh plane received by the Indian international carrier, and the handover took place in the presence of both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders.

"The introduction in 2006 of the A330 into our existing fleet was seamless", announced Goyal. "The A330 fits in well with our strategy to operate fuel-efficient aircraft which also have low operating costs."

An initial order for 10 aircraft was filed in October 2005, with the deal rising to 15 in December 2007. Jet is set to deploy the aircraft on Far-Eastern routes to serve Hong Kong and will also aim to augment existing European and Middle Eastern destinations.

Although the aircraft are primarily for carrying passengers, significant bellyhold capacity will allow Jet to carry standard pallets and containers side by side in the under-floor hold.

"India is experiencing the world's fastest passenger traffic growth in the near term and we are delighted to be a part of these exciting times through our partnership with Jet Airways," stated Enders. "The A330 is a fantastically efficient aircraft."

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