Wednesday, September 19, 2012

► LIBYA: Libyan Airlines set to receive A320s and A330s in coming months.

Libyan Airlines logoIn a press statement issued today in Tripoli, Libya's Undersecretary in the Ministry of Transportation for Aviation and Air Transport, Engineer Fawzi Baltamer, announced that carrier Libyan Airlines (LN), will by year end receive two Airbus A320s. Additionally, a pair of A330s are expected in the first quarter of next year (2013).

Libyan Airlines' A330-200
A Rendering of a Libyan Airlines' A330-200
In December 2007, Libyan Airlines confirmed an order for the purchase of 15 Airbus aircraft, including four Airbus A350-800s (due from 2017), four A330-200s and seven A320s, with the A320s being deployed on the Libyan carrier's domestic network as well as to Europe and the Middle East. 

Negotiations with the European Union apropos Libyan Airlines and its sister airline Afriqiyah's (8U) resumption of European flights using their own aircraft (current EU-bound flights are operated using a leased Tunisian Nouvelair Airbus A320) are only expected to take place after 22 November 2012.