European planemaker Airbus said on Thursday that Transaero, Russia's second-biggest airline, intends to buy 20 of its long-haul A330 aircraft, including a dozen new fuel-efficient neo jets.
Airbus said at the Farnborough airshow that Transaero had committed to buy 20 A330 planes, comprising eight A330ceo (current engine option) and 12 A330neo (new engine option) jets worth a combined $5.3 billion (3.9 billion euros) at list prices.
"This agreement makes Transaero an important launch customer and the first European airline to commit to the A330neo," Airbus said in a statement.
"The A330s will allow Transaero to continue the massive fleet modernization program and to boost its medium and long-haul domestic and international network."
Launched at Farnborough on Monday, the neo plane is a revamped version of the A330 and sports engine upgrades to provide more economical long-haul travel.
Airbus has won 121 commitments for the neo at Farnborough but no firm orders.