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Sunday, 10 February, 2002, 16:29 GMT
Ansett orders Airbus planes
Airbus A320
Tesna also takes out an option to buy a further 10 planes
Airbus has landed an order for 30 aircraft from the consortium that bailed out the bankrupt carrier Ansett, - once Australia's second largest airline.

In addition, the Tesna consortium - Ansett read backwards - has taken an option to buy another 10 A320 and A321 aircraft, Airbus said.

Tesna is believed to be paying in the region of 3bn Australian dollars (1.08bn; $1.53bn) for the aircraft.

Delivery is set to start during the autumn.

The Tesna consortium is headed by the Australian millionaires Solomon Lew and Lindsay Fox.

"I have confidence that this acquisition provides the basis for Ansett to grow and prosper in an extremely competitive and growing market," Mr Lew said.

Airbus is majority owned by the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company (EADS), with a 20% minority held by the UK defence company BAE Systems.

See also:

28 Jan 02 | Business
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08 Nov 01 | Business
Ansett finds a buyer
27 Sep 01 | Business
Ansett returns from bankruptcy
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Ansett administrator quits
16 Sep 01 | Business
Ansett workers offered some hope
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