African carrier Air Algérie is set to award contracts for fifteen new aircraft to Airbus and Boeing as part of its fleet renewal plan. This also includes the lease of ten more aircraft from lessors. Air Algérie issued the provisional awarding on its LinkedIn page, which follows a tender announced in October.
The airline intends to purchase eight Boeing MAX 9s new from the factory to satisfy its narrowbody fleet requirements. For the widebody fleet, Air Algérie has selected five Airbus A330-900s and two A350-1000s.
The leasing requirements include two more MAX 9s plus two Boeing 737-800s. The latter model would complement the existing 25 -800s in the fleet, while the airline also operates two -700s and five aging -600s. Air Algérie also seeks leases of two more Airbus A330-900s and four A330-200s of -300s. The airline still has eight -200s in the fleet and used to operate three A330-300s in the past two decades.
Interested parties are invited to make offers for the requested aircraft until May 22.
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