BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57 Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5585 times:
MEA is planning to replace its A321s that it has had in its fleet since 2003 with brand new leased A320s.
MEA sold two of its six A321s last December to Turkish charter Atlasjet. These were replaced by 2 new A320s delivered this year. They will sell another two A321s this year to be replaced by two more new leased A320s leaving only two A321s which I presume will be sold next year.
Interestingly, the latest A320 and the remaining two to be delivered this year are all leased and are powered by CFM56 turbofans instead of IAE V2500s like on the rest of MEA's owned A320/A321 fleet.
The decision to lease rather than buy the latest batch is due to upcoming new offerings by Airbus and Boeing, the A320neo and 737 MAX. The leases are only for six to eight years after which they will be replaced by either the A320neo or the 737 MAX of which MEA is currently evaluating both.
raffik From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1741 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4037 times:
I would be surprised if MEA ordered Boeings.. but never say never! As for the fleet renewal, some of those A321s were starting to look tatty. Not surprised they are getting rid. I guess they don't want all of their assets tied up at the minute.
The A320s will be easier to fill also. Not heard about any A330 additions. Perhaps expansion?