Tunisair places $2bn Airbus order

16 July 2008
Tunisair has placed an order for new planes with Airbus worth close to $2bn.

The national carrier of Tunisia has ordered three of the European manufacturer’s long-haul A350-800 aircraft, three A330-200s and 10 short-haul A320s.

The airline’s president and chief executive officer, Nabil Chettaoui, says the new A330s will service the company’s planned expansion into the long-haul market to North America and Asia. These will be supplemented in time by the A350s. The latter wide-bodied model is still under development.

Meanwhile the A320s will replace older aircraft in the company’s fleet and be used for short-haul routes into Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The airline already has 12 A320s in operation across its network.

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