Airbus sells first 840-seat airliner18 November 2009
The planes have been sold to Air Austral, the flag carrier of Reunion in the southern Indian Ocean. The island is officially part of France, and the airline has nine flights a week to Paris. Gerard Etheve, the airline’s president, said it had decided that the future of its routes to mainland France lay in providing low-cost mass transit.
As well as reducing fare prices to passengers, the large numbers on board will, according to Airbus, make it the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft flying today.