Air Arabia to order new aircraft

air arabiaAir Arabia plans to start operating flights to China by 2014. (Image source: Aero Icarus/Flickr)Sharjah's low-cost carrier Air Arabia has announced that plans to order new aircraft in the coming days, which will be delivered after 2016

According to Gulf News, Air Arabia chief executive officer Adel Ali said, “We are considering manufacturers other than Airbus for the order, which includes Boeing and Bombardier.”

In 2007, Air Arabia placed an order for 44 Airbus A320 aircraft, with 22 being delivered in the next two years.

“Ten planes will be delivered in 2014, while ten more are expected for 2015 and two new aircraft will be delivered to us in 2016,” said Ali at a recent press conference.

Earlier this month, the airline celebrated its ten years of operations. Air Arabia has plans to start operating flights to China by 2014, to cater to the demands of an increasing number of far east Asian travellers to the UAE. According to company sources, Air Arabia has got the traffic rights to commence flights to China.

The low-cost carrier also plans to expand to West Africa in the near term and expects its overall business to grow by nearly 12 per cent in 2014 from current levels, Gulf News reported.

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