ILFC and Air CaraAbes Reach Agreement to Lease 3 A350-900 Aircraft
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG), announced today that it has reached an agreement with French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes Atlantique Airlines to lease three new Airbus A350XWB-900s. The aircraft have an anticipated delivery timeline between 2016 and 2018, and will be operated on the airline’s long-haul route network.
“ILFC is pleased to expand our business relationship with Air Caraïbes by introducing the A350XWB-900 aircraft to their fleet, and we look forward to supporting the airline’s continued efforts to add capacity on its long-range flight network,” said ILFC Chief Executive Officer Henri Courpron. “This transaction is yet another example of ILFC’s unique ability to provide our customers with comprehensive fleet solutions, which offer a combination of innovative lease programs customized to specific airline needs and the most modern aircraft available today.”
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“I am proud to note all the hard work accomplished since our first flight ten years ago, then already with an aircraft leased from ILFC,” said Jean-Paul Dubreuil, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Air Caraibes. “We have succeeded in creating a new travel experience between France and the Caribbean by introducing new, latest technology aircraft, together with a strong sense of service. This strategic development approach is reflected again today through this new agreement which is the fruit of our long-term collaboration with ILFC.”
The A350XWB-900 aircraft are powered by two new generation Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, and are designed to provide valuable flexibility and efficient performance for long-haul operations. ILFC currently has two A330 aircraft on lease with Air Caraïbes.
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