Posted on: 08 June 2010 by Mark Howells
Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders (centre) has officially handed over the 50th Airbus for the Air Berlin fleet – an A320 – to the airline’s CEO Joachim Hunold (2nd from right).
In conjunction with NIKI, its Austrian partner airline, Air Berlin placed its first orders for the A320 family in 2004. A year later, in October 2005, Air Berlin took delivery of the first aircraft, having operated an all-Boeing fleet until then.
“We have come to know the A320 as a reliable and economical aircraft. It is also an aircraft that is liked by our passengers,” remarked Hunold. “When we decided to buy our first Airbus, the A320 had already been rated the world’s most modern medium-haul aircraft for some time. Although Airbus can claim that this still holds true today, I believe that further technical development is now required.”
As a result of its strategy of continuous fleet modernisation, Air Berlin now has one of the newest fleets in Europe, with an average age of just 5.3 years.