The Libyan African Aviation Holding Company is reported to be in negotiations with Bombardier to buy six of its CSeries planes, and is also “in contact” with Boeing about the re-engined 737.
Ali Elayan, general manager of the company, told Bloomberg that Libyan Airlines wants to swap eight Bombardier CRJ900 turboprops for a mix of CS100 and CS300 (pictured) jets, while sister carrier Afriqiyah Airways is in talks on the 737 Max to replace Airbus A320s. He added:
“Libyans are doing better financially and traveling for both leisure and business … Libya has big ambitions for the future, the fleets are available, and there will be big developments.”
Load factors are above 80 percent, comparable with top-performing European carriers, and Libya is also investing in airport capacity.