Libyan Wings, a newly launched, Tripoli-based airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding for three Airbus A350-900s and four A320neos.
The carrier signed the memorandum of understanding with Airbus on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013.
Libyan Wings plans to start offering passenger and freight charter services from the beginning of 2014.
“The A350 XWB and A320neo will play a significant role in ensuring that our new airline operates one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the Middle East region moving forward,” said Wisam Al Masri, chairman of Libyan Wings.
“With these fuel-efficient aircraft we will be able to offer passengers the highest levels of comfort on both long-haul and shorter regional routes, while benefitting from the lowest operating costs and best environmental performance,” added Al Masri.
The Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is a new, mid-size, long-range aircraft family, which to date includes three planned versions. The A350-900, which Airbus says will comfortably seat more than 300 passengers, has been the first member of the family to fly and has garnered by far the bulk of the firm orders placed for A350 XWBs so far.
Scheduled for entry into service in 2014, the Airbus A350 XWB family to date has already won firm orders for 764 aircraft from 39 customers worldwide. Additionally, on November 17 at the Dubai Airshow, Etihad Airways announced it would order 40 A350-900s and larger 10 A350-1000s.
The A320neo is offered as an option for the Airbus A320 family and incorporates new, more efficient engines and large Sharklet wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 per cent in fuel savings compared with current A320-family jets, according to Airbus.
At the end of October, firm orders for the Airbus A320neo family stood at 2,487 aircraft from 44 customers, which Airbus says making the A320neo family the fastest-selling commercial airliner ever.
Additionally, the planned firm orders for Airbus aircraft which Etihad Airways announced on November 17 included deals for 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos.