This week saw Air Algerie announce its fleet modernization plans on LinkedIn, consisting of a mixture of leasing arrangements and direct purchases to be bid on.
As the airline looks to make plans for the future, decisions have been made which will directly benefit Boeing and Airbus’ presence in the North African region.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Air Algerie To Lease 10 Aircraft & Purchase 15…
On the leasing side of the fleet modernization plans at Air Algerie, the carrier is wanting four Airbus A330-200/300 aircraft and two A330-900neo aircraft.
For the narrowbody side, the carrier is wanting taking two Boeing 737-800s and two 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
Air Algerie is wanting a direct purchase of eight 737 MAX 9s, which are expected to seat between 170 and 210 passengers.
On the widebody side, five A330-900neos will be purchased and will seat anywhere between 280-320 passengers.
Finally, the carrier will purchase two A350-1000s, which will seat between 350 and 450 passengers.
It is key to note that this is an invitation for bids as opposed to a direct order, but this will no doubt acquire the attention of Airbus & Boeing.
Parties have until May 22 to place their respective bids to make the fleet renewal a reality for Air Algerie.
What Will This Mean for the Carrier?
For Air Algerie, this represents the beginning of the airline’s plans for respective growth and to boost tourism and connectivity out of the region.
Heavy-duty aircraft such as the A330neo and A350 will mean the potential to open up routes in new markets due to their increased range.
Looking ahead to the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see what sort of further announcements will be made regarding the planned fleet renewal.
On the direct purchase front, all eyes will be on Airbus and Boeing for them to make their respective bids. Could the planned number increase? Stay tuned.