Arkia Israeli Airlines has signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft.
The commitment makes Arkia the first Airbus
widebody customer in Israel, and will help Arkia to expand its
operations into long haul markets.
Arkia’s A330-900neo will join the four
A321neo aircraft ordered at the Farnborough International Airshow
With Airbus’ Cross Crew Qualification concept, pilots and
engineers can transition from the single-aisle A320 Family, to the
twin-aisle A330 quickly, and airlines can operate and maintain
both types with the same pool of pilots and engineers.
“The A330-900neo will be a key asset to help us
grow efficiently on highly competitive international long-haul
routes from and to Israel. The A330-900neo will offer our
passengers the latest product with great cabin comfort on direct,
long-haul flights,” said Nir Dagan, Arkia President and Chief
Executive Officer. “Thanks to the proven reliability and fuel
efficiency of the A330 family, the A330neo will also ensure that
our majority shareholders, the Nakash brothers and Jordache
Enterprises, are super happy.”
Nakash Holdings is the private investment office
arm of Jordache Enterprises (from the Jordache jeans fame). The
company manages a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio
including MG Aviation in Hong Kong, U.S. POLO Assn, retail,
agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, hotels and real estate
located in prime locations throughout the world. The real estate
portfolio consists of retail, office, multifamily and hospitality
properties. Among the group's recent acquisitions are the Versace
Mansion and the famous Art Deco Setai Miami Beach.
The A330neo will be powered by the latest
generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.
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