Months of intensive talks between Air Lambert and Airbus came to a climax today as the airline announced a massive selling of some 20 aircraft as it moves towards re-launch and a new era. In a dramatic move the airline is ridding all A318, A319 and A320 aircraft from the fleet.
When questioned by journalists the airline's CEO said "As we start to create the new Air Lambert it's all about streamlining. We will be replacing the aircraft with types used successfully in the USA operation. We have also had numerous issues with the reliability of our short-haul Airbus fleet. The A321 and A330 will remain in the fleet as we see these as important types within our network. The A321 is more economic for our busy European flights than the 757 whilst the A330 provides us with the perfect aircraft for low density long-haul routes”
It is thought that along with the Boeing 737-700 and 800 variants, the 600 could be on order to replace the A318’s niche fit within the fleet. It is rumoured that along with their Boeing 777 orders a deal was signed for the Boeing 737 though this has not been confirmed.
The Air Lambert Chief Executive Officer closed with “Whilst some may see this as a strange move, it is one that makes a lot of sense. The Boeing 737 fleet was fast outgrowing that of Airbus and we feel that commonality and an economical fleet make sense as we move towards the new Air Lambert”.
It is not known when the aircraft, 3 A318’s 9 A319’s and 8 A320’s, will go on sale or who to but the airline is said to be in talks with numerous airlines at the current time. Air Lambert, which closed in early summer of this year, will have a fleet of A321, A332, B73G/8, B752, B772ER and B773ER’s upon re-launch; the Boeing 747-200 which was used on the Manchester-Orlando run will be replaced by a B773ER.