Wednesday, April 17, 2013

► EQUATORIAL GUINEA: CEIBA to take delivery of three 737-800s within the next 12 months; hunting for more 777s.

Equatorial Guinean national carrier, CEIBA Intercontinental, (C2) has confirmed that it will take delivery of three Boeing 737-800 (as reported by us here) within the next 12 months, with plans to add further Boeing 777s to its current one as the fledgling airline begins to spread its proverbial wings.

CEIBA Intercontinental ATR72
CEIBA Intercontinental ATR72 in new
livery in Las Palmas (patricio)
The development was announced in Madrid, Spain by CEIBA's Madrid Station manager,  Gerardo Manzano, during the recent opening of the airline's office there.
'Gerardo Manzano said that Ceiba Intercontinental's project is to include new units to its fleet, revealing that the airline "intends to incorporate, in less than a year, three Boeing 737s; an ultramodern, although smaller, plane." Manzano said Ceiba's directors are also working on searching for more 777 units, whose inclusion will lead directly to the real and efficient implementation of new routes.'

CEIBA's fleet currently consists of one ATR 42-320, one ATR 42-500, two ATR 72-500s and a Boeing 777-200LR (re-registered to White Airways' (WI) Portuguese registry) which it uses on its sole long haul route to Spain with further long haul ops expected in the long term. The airline is also in the process of rebranding itself.