Afriqiyah Airways has signed a firm contract with Airbus for the purchase of six A350-800s for its long-term expansion plan. This comes in
addition to the 14 A320 Family aircraft and three A330-200s this young and dynamic airline from Libya already has on order.
With deliveries to Afriqiyah commencing in 2017, the A350 XWBs will allow Afriqiyah Airways to expand its long-haul operations.
"This order for the A350 XWB will allow us to prepare our ambitious but realistic expansion plan," Captain Sabri, CEO of Afriqiyah Airways,
said. "It will allow us to capitalise on the recent decision by the Libyan Authorities to establish Tripoli as a major hub in Africa by building a
totally new modern terminal of 20 million passenger capacity and upgrading Libya's airport facilities. The aircraft and the timing of delivery is
right for us."
"With this contract, the first from an African carrier for the A350 XWB, Afriqiyah Airways is a trend setter on the African continent. The aircraft
will allow Afriqiyah Airways to be very cost efficient while offering the best cabin in this category, which perfectly fits the needs and
ambitions of the airline," Fabrice Bregier, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus,
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