Thursday, January 3, 2013

► ALGERIA: Air Algérie in talks to buy 787-8s, 737-800NGs and A330s as international expansion plans move forward.

Air Algérie logoAlgerian carrier, Air Algèrie (AH), in an announcement via its official Facebook page, is to forge ahead with the first stage of its previously announced renewal plan with the carrier said to be negotiating a deal for the purchase of an undisclosed number of Boeing 787-800s, that it hopes to "make concrete very soon." Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for 2017.

Air AlgerieIn addition, the airline intends to order five Boeing 737-800NGs and three new Airbus A330-200s aide in  planned flights to Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Lagos, New York, Sao Paulo and Shanghai. The carrier also intends to retire three Boeing 767-300ERs.

Air Algèrie, in late December, announced the signing of a memorandum of cooperation with Air France-KLM which will lead to an increase in flights between Algiers and Paris with the possibility new routes between France and Algeria from the end October 2013. Greater emphasis however, will be placed on using Paris-Orly as a hub as opposed to Paris-Charles De Gaulle.

Meanwhile, AH also intends a big service increase in Summer 2013 with the following routes:
  • Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire: plans are also afoot for a resumption of flights between Algiers and the capital of Cote d'Ivoire, Abidjan from Summer 2013. The service will consist of three weekly flights.
  • Beirut, Lebanon: Increases from 2x to 3x weekly
  • Dakar, Senegal: Service increases to 6x weekly flights. Strong demand has driven the route which was increased from 2 to 5 flights per week and now to 6x weekly this summer.
  • Dubai: Service to increase from 3x weekly, to daily in Summer 2013
  • Madrid, Spain: Increases from 4 to 6 weekly
  • Montreal, Canada: Service increases to 6x weekly flights per week (against 5 flights per week in Summer 2012)
Source [Air Algèrie]