India's Kingfisher wants to lease out two A330s

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Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines is looking to lease out two of its Airbus A330s.

A Kingfisher spokesman in Mumbai confirms the carrier is actively seeking to lease to another airline two of its A330s but he declines to say which airline it is negotiating with.

A report in India's Business Standard newspaper, citing unnamed sources, says Kingfisher is in negotiations to lease the aircraft to Nigeria's Arik Air.

Arik recently took delivery of three Airbus A340-500s from the manufacturer and these new aircraft had originally been destined for Kingfisher until the Indian carrier cancelled its order.

Kingfisher mostly operates Airbus A320s and ATR 72s but it also has five A330s.

The carrier has recently been delaying aircraft on order and the launch of new international services in an effort to stem its losses.