Air Algerie inks aircraft deal worth US$760 million

boeingThe deal includes the purchase of eight Boeing 737-800 planes. (Image source: Boeing)Algeria’s national carrier Air Algerie has signed deals worth US$760mn with US-based Boeing, European aerospace consortium Airbus and ATR, a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer, for the purchase of 14 aircraft

The agreement includes the purchase of eight Boeing 737-800 new generation planes capable of carrying 150 passengers each, three 250-seat Airbus A330-200 planes and three ATR 72-600, a 70-seater short-haul regional aircraft.

Mohamed Salah Boultif, CEO of Air Algerie, said, “The 737-800 continues to be the backbone of Air Algerie’s fleet. So far, we are pleased with these aircraft, and anticipate receiving all eight of these new units before the end of 2016.”

Boultif said that the aircraft — Airbus 330-200 passenger jets and Boeing 737-800 jets — would be delivered between next September and the end of 2016 in agreements that would be financed by Algerian state banks.

Boeing said in a statement that the deal for eight 737-800 aircraft was worth US$724mn at list prices when the order was finalised.

Boultif added that the deal would help the company reinforce domestic and international route.

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