Tunisair plans to order Airbus A330neo and Bombardier C Series


Aiming to develop its hub in Tunis, the North African airline Tunisair could order six Airbus A330neo soon. The acquisition of two or three Bombardier C Series is also planned.

Tunisair's managing director, Elyes Mnakbi, said last week that the Tunisian national airline is about to order six Airbus A330neo aircraft. Three aircraft are planned for 2019 and three more in 2020. The order could possibly include options for three additional A330neo.

Tunisair aims to extend its network from Africa to Europe and North America.

Tunisair should also place an order for two or three Bombardier C Series, added Elyes Mnakbi. The acquisition is awaiting the approval of the Tunisian government, the biggest shareholder of the company.

Tunisair's fleet now comprises of 4 Airbus A319s, 17 A320s, 2 A330-200s and 7 Boeing 737-600s. Elyes Mnakbi said that the A330s, delivered in June and August 2015, will be retained until the expiry of the leasing contracts for a period of twelve years.

The company has already declared its ambition to develop the Tunis hub. In particular, Tunisair aims to extend its network from Africa to Europe and North America. The growth of the medium-haul network will be facilitated by the arrival of the five A320neo. According to the local sources, three copies will be delivered in 2019 and the other three in 2020.

Elyes Mnakbi has also announced future openings of lines: Cotonou from December 13, followed by Douala and N'djaména in 2018 and Lagos and Accra in 2019. On long-haul, the company plans to serve New York-JFK, which would become its second North American destination after Montreal.

Tunisair A330-200
Tunisair A330-200