leasing company Avion Aircraft Trading claims it has
other prospective customers for the Airbus A330-200 freighters which it had
originally intended to sell to Icelandair Group.
Icelandair Group has abandoned plans to acquire four A330F
aircraft from Avion which would have been used by its
Icelandair Cargo division.
Avion Aircraft Trading chairman Hafthor
Hafsteinsson tells ATI: “We do have alternative clients for our A330Fs so we will
simply concentrate on those, and we are not too worried about it.”
Hafsteinsson admits to being frustrated by Icelandair Group’s sudden reversal.
decision of Icelandair was a disappointing one
because we have been wasting time for almost a year,” he says. “There was no indication
from Icelandair that they would pull out and
therefore it was surprising at the last minute.”
Avion ordered eight Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330Fs
last year. It recently sold delivery slots for eight Boeing 777 freighters to
another lessor as part of a decision to concentrate
more on Boeing 747-400F aircraft.