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Airblue To Decide Oin New Fleet Within "2 Months"

Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:44 pm

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Private Pakistani airline Airblue said Thursday it plans to buy eight to 14 new passenger aircraft, which are likely to cost a total of $ 400 million to $700 million.

The deliveries will begin in 2009 and are likely to be completed in 24 to 42 months' time.

A decision will be made within the next two months - likely during October's Dubai Air Show - on what type of plane will replace the existing fleet of leased aircraft, Airblue Chief Operating Officer Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told reporters in an informal briefing.

At about $50 million an aircraft, the deal is expected to be worth between $ 400 million and $700 million, he said.

"The airline needs short- to medium-haul aircraft," he said, adding that the choice had been narrowed down to between the Airbus A320 and the new generation 737 from Boeing Co. (BA).

However, a senior airline official, who asked not to be named, said the company has all but settled on the A320.

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/...OWJONESDJONLINE000392_FORTUNE5.htm

Given that all previous reports have been strictly speaking about the A32X and maybe A330 any other type would be a major surprise. Still, an order is expected since months - wait and see IMO.
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