Air Ara­bia con­firms op­tions for five Air­bus A320s

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Air Ara­bia, the Mid­dle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost car­rier, an­nounced to­day that it has con­firmed op­tions for five ad­di­tional Air­bus A320 air­craft. The de­liv­ery of orig­i­nal con­tract cov­er­ing 44 firm or­ders and 5 op­tions will be com­pleted in 2017.

The five new Air­bus A320 air­craft will be put into ser­vice start­ing sec­ond quar­ter 2017 back­log and have a book value of USD485 mil­lion. These new air­craft will join Air Ara­bia’s ex­pand­ing fleet of Air­bus A320 air­craft cur­rently serv­ing over 120 routes from five op­er­a­tional hubs.

“We are pleased to con­firm the op­tions for five ad­di­tional Air­bus A320s. Air Ara­bia’s fleet in­no­va­tion sits at the heart of the air­line op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency” said Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Air Ara­bia. “To­day, we op­er­ate one of the youngest fleets in the world and this ap­proach will con­tinue to drive our fleet growth strat­egy for the fu­ture. Our cus­tomers can ex­pect the same cabin com­fort and spa­cious seat con­fig­u­ra­tion with the new five air­craft join­ing the fleet”.

Air Ara­bia has been con­stantly re­warded over the past years with the A320 Fam­ily Op­er­a­tional Ex­cel­lence Award by Air­bus for achiev­ing the high­est level of A320 fam­ily air­craft util­i­sa­tion in the world with 99.8 per cent op­er­a­tional re­li­a­bil­ity. In 2010, the car­rier set a new world record achiev­ing 30,000 flight hours in just six years with one of its CFM56-5Bpow­ered A320 air­craft.

Air Ara­bia cur­rently op­er­ates a fleet of 46 Air­bus A320 air­craft of­fer­ing flights to over 120 des­ti­na­tions in 33 coun­tries from five hubs across the Mid­dle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The A320 Fam­ily, which in­cludes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is rec­og­nized as the bench­mark sin­gle-aisle air­craft fam­ily in the world.

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