Air Algérie: Saint-Petersburg OK, plane rental KO

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The airline company Air Algeria will offer at the end of the month a new link between Alger And Saint PETERSBOURG, his second to Russia. His first attempt to lease ten planes ended in failure.

From July 26, 2023, the Algerian national company will offer three flights per week between its base in Algiers-Houari-Boumediene and the airport of St Petersburg-Pulkovo, operated by Boeing 737-600 that can accommodate 16 passengers in Business class and 85 in Economy. Departures are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. to arrive the next day at 3:15 a.m., with return flights leaving the Russian city on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 4:15 a.m. to land at 7:15 a.m. Air Algérie will have no competition on this route, as on the one linking its capital to Moscow-Sheremetyevo.

The establishment of this new air link testifies according to Pulkovo “of the will of the Algerian and Russian authorities to strengthen their bilateral relations. Trade between Algeria and Russia has indeed increased significantly in recent years, reaching nearly $4 billion in 2021. This new direct airline will facilitate trade and strengthen ties between the two cities. It will also contribute to stimulating economic and cultural exchanges between Russia and Algeria, thus promoting the development of diplomatic relations between the two countries”.

Coast fleet on the other hand, Air Algérie announced on Wednesday the failure of its call for tenders for the “operational leasing of up to ten aircraft”, including six Airbus A330s and four Boeing 737s. Announced as part of the renewal of its fleet, started since the spring via the acquisition of five A330neo and two A350-1000, plus eight 737 MAX 9, Air Algérie explained the failure of its research by “the non-compliance of the offers with the requirements of the specifications”

The original Request for Proposals (RFP) was as follows: four A330-200s or A330-300s with General Electric engines and two A330-900s; two 737-800s and two 737-9s. The tender was intended for registered aircraft owners, operators, leasing companies and manufacturers only. The May 22 deadline has been extended until May 29, 2023. Air Algérie had also announced that its attempt to lease a 250 to 350-seat jumbo jet with crew (A330, 777 or 787) for the summer of 2023 also failed. The aircraft was wanted for the period from June 15 to September 9, 2023, to operate charter and scheduled flights between Paris, France and Algiers.

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