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A fleet investment of over 100 million euros

Vueling will end 2011 with nine new aircraft

Six of these Airbus A320 aircraft will be added progressively to the company’s fleet between April and June, with a further three, including one A319, coming on line before year end.

The additional aircraft are essential to meet forecasted growth and respond to the company’s desire to lower the average age of its fleet.

Vueling has just ratified an agreement to incorporate three new aircraft before the end of the year. This is in addition to the six aircraft that the company reached agreement on in 2010 for service introduction between April 2010 and June 2011. Vueling will incorporate a total of nine aircraft in 2011, taking its total fleet to 42 aircraft and representing an investment of around 110 million Euros.

Six will be added to the fleet to reinforce the projected growth plan for 2011 which focuses primarily on expansion at its main base in Barcelona, together with airports it serves in Spain and its two new international bases in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Toulouse (France).

The remaining three aircraft will be incorporated into Vueling’s fleet with the aim of gradually rejuvenating it and reducing the average age of less than six years by 2012.

Lease agreements have been arranged through industry leaders which provide services to more than 200 airlines worldwide. Eight of the new aircraft will be traditional Airbus A320s which Vueling has operated since the outset. The ninth will be an Airbus A319, with a slightly lower capacity of 144 seats.

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