A new Libyan airline, Libyan Wings, has signed an outline deal for the purchase of three Airbus A350-900 jets and four of Airbus’s re-engined A320neo single-aisle aircraft.
According to Bloomberg, the deal is worth $1.2 billion at list prices.
The airline plans to commence short-haul services using leased planes early next year, while waiting for the new Airbus aircraft to be delivered after 2020.
State-owned Libyan Airlines, along with its affiliate Afriqiyah Airways, control an estimated 55 percent of the market, according to a spokesman for Libyan Wings, who added:
“Business and aviation in Libya — despite the unrest — is high … Passenger numbers are through the roof, so there is room for us.”
(Sources: Bloomberg, Libya Herald)