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Air Arabia to order more than 100 Boeing 737 MAX or Airbus A320neo

Dubai - Dubai-based low-cost airline Air Arabia is likely to place an order for more than 100 Airbus or Boeing aircraft in the third quarter, the chief executive of the airline said today, on April 30.

The Gulf carrier has long been looking to renew and expand its all-Airbus fleet that consists of 54 Airbus A320.

“We need to put an order in. That is overdue,” chief executive Adel Ali said at the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market exhibition that is being held in Dubai.

He also said that his company will meet with both Boeing and Airbus this week for the potential orders.

The talks with Boeing will be carried out under the shadow of the biggest crises in the history of the American aircraft manufacturer after two fatal crashes of its 737 MAX jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia at short intervals.

The 737 MAXs have been grounded since March and it remains uncertain when the aircraft will return to the service.

Although some airlines are reconsidering their orders for the Boeing's 737 MAX jets, Air Arabia CEO Adel Ali said he was confident that Boeing would fix the existing issues with its 737 MAXs by the time Air Arabia makes its choice.

Air Arabia has been an all-Airbus operator since it began operations in October 2003, but “whoever comes up with a better option we will go for,” Mr. Ali said.

Air Arabia also considers ordering smaller jets for regional flights in Egypt and Morocco.