Afriqiyah signs for three more A330s

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Libya's Afriqiyah Airways is ordering another three Airbus A330s, after finalising an agreement with the European airframer.

The carrier says the agreement is for A330-300s. Its current A330 fleet comprises -200 models.

It will receive the first aircraft in the second quarter of 2013.

No engine selection has been given but Tripoli-based Afriqiyah's current A330s are fitted with General Electric CF6 powerplants.

Afriqiyah states that its chief signed the deal for the additional jets on 23 April. The carrier's fleet was damaged in an assault on Tripoli airport during the Libyan unrest a few months ago.

It says it plans to reinstate services to London Gatwick in May, although Afriqiyah has not indicated how it will achieve this given the temporary suspension of Libyan operators from European Union airspace.