Friday, June 21, 2013

► TUNISIA: Syphax Airlines commits to the Airbus A320neo, A320ceo.

Tunisia's Syphax Airlines (FS), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus to buy three A320neo. The order is the first time an African based carrier has ordered the NEO and marks a significant breakthrough for Airbus in one of the world’s fastest developing markets.

Syphax's A320 NEO
Syphax's A320 NEO (Airbus)
Following a meeting of the Tunisia-European Union Economic Advisory Council in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, in January, two contracts worth USD600million (TND900million) were inked involving three Airbus A320neo and three Airbus A320ceo with four options. The airline will take delivery of its first A320ceo in 2015, while the new A320neo aircraft are scheduled to begin delivery in 2019. The aircraft will be powered by CFM engines. Additionally, Airbus is to set up a design and production facility specializing in aerospace electronic systems.
Syphax Airlines is focused on continuing to grow its Tunisian, North Africa and Europe routes, and an expansion of its network to Asia and North America, through its hubs in Tunis and Sfax while offering passengers a luxurious service,” said Syphax Chairman and Director General, Mohamed Frikha. “Adding the A320neo to our fleet means we can achieve all of these goals while benefiting from a 15 percent fuel saving and cost effectiveness.
The airline already operates two A319 and three A320 aircraft and will shortly commence operating a leased A330-200.