Air New Zealand orders 14 Airbus aircraft

Airbus factory Airbus A320s are designed for short and medium haul flights

Air New Zealand has ordered 14 aircraft from European planemaker Airbus.

The order includes 10 A320neo, one A320 and three A321 aircraft, the airline's chief Christopher Luxon said at an industry conference in Doha.

The planes have a combined list price of about $1.5bn (£900m; 1.1bn euros), although when airlines bulk order planes, they always secure a significant discount.

The majority of the planes are due to be delivered between 2017 and 2019.

Air New Zealand has 105 aircraft in operation, 49 of which are jets and 56 of which are turbo-props.

Reports also suggest that Airbus is close to deciding whether to revamp its 20-year old A330. The Reuters news agency reports Airbus sales head John Leahy as saying: "We're studying it very carefully, watch this space."

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