x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Libya’s new airline buys seven Airbus jets in deal worth $1.3 billion

Libyan Wings, which will begin operating early next year, ordered three A350-900s and four A320-neos at the Dubai Airshow.

Libyan Wings, a newly launched Tripoli-based airline, yesterday bought seven Airbus jets in a deal worth up to US$1.3 billion at list prices.

The carrier, which will begin operating early next year, ordered three A350-900s and four A320-neos at the Dubai Airshow.

“Business and aviation in Libya, despite what is happening and the unrest, is extremely high. Passenger numbers in Libya has increased up to 1.8 million over the past two years – in comparison to 100,000 prior to 2011,” Haret Alfasi, a Libyan Wings official told a press conference.

“We are seeing a boom in the consumer market and the introduction of world brands into Libya. Libyan Wings is here to demonstrate that. We are here to make an impact on this market,” he added.

The carrier would also play a role to “revolutionise and improve” airport infrastructure in Libya, Mr Alfasi said.

Libyan Wings would be serving both business class and economy customers, Mr Alfasi added. It would also handle freight.

Regarding routes, the airline will start operating in the Middle East and North Africa. It will also fly to Turkey.

“We hope to extend our network to northern Europe,” said Mr Alfasi. “Gulf countries, including, Emirates and Qatar, are also in our schedule for expansion.”

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