Airbus delivers new A320 to UAE's Air Arabia

Carrier has now received 14 of the 44 A320s it ordered in 2007.
NEWS, Aviation


UAE-based low cost carrier Air Arabia has announced that it has taken delivery of its sixth A320 aircraft.

The airline received its latest A320 at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, and the new aircraft has gone straight into service across Air Arabia's network of 82 destinations.

Air Arabia has now received 14 of the 44 A320 aircraft it has ordered from Airbus in 2007, it said in a statement.

The delivery of the 44 new aircraft will be completed by 2016, and will more than double the size of Air Arabia's fleet.

"The delivery of our sixth aircraft in 2012 is a great way to end the year," said Adel Ali, group CEO at Air Arabia.

"Our modern and reliable aircraft enable us to combine superb value for money fares with operational excellence. As we continue to unlock opportunities for the low-cost model in the wider Arab region, we look forward to the delivery of six new aircraft in 2013."

In November, Air Arabia saw its net profit more than double to AED226m ($61.5m) in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the year ago quarter.

The airline, which operates out of Sharjah International Airport, posted revenues of AED836m for the three-month period ending September 30, up 19 percent from the corresponding quarter in 2011.

Passenger traffic rose 14 percent to 1.37m, while average seat load factor stood at 82 percent.

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