Air Cairo to double A320 fleet

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Egyptian carrier Air Cairo is planning to double its fleet following a shift in strategy towards hybrid operations.

Chief executive Yasser El Ramly says the operator wants a "quick expansion" in time for summer 2014.

The airline is intending to take operating leases on Airbus A320s to take its fleet to eight, and hopes the aircraft will arrive during March-May next year.

"We believe capacity creates demand," says El Ramly. Its expansion plan envisions 20 aircraft for the Cairo-headquartered airline within five years.

El Ramly was speaking during the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Doha.

The airline has amended its network to address not only the scheduled market from stations such as Alexandria, but a need for regular tourist-driven services on routes from Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.

While the turmoil in Egypt has had an effect, El Ramly says the airline – which is 60%-owned by EgyptAir – is still profitable, albeit with a "little margin".