Israel's Arkia considers Airbus purchase

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Israeli airline Arkia is evaluating the purchase of up to three Airbus A320-family aircraft for its Arkia Express low-cost operation.

The potential acquisition was discussed earlier this week when Airbus officials visited Arkia's headquarters at Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv, says Nir Dagan, Arkia's vice-president.

The new aircraft are needed to enable it to expand its Arkia Express operations to European destinations, he adds.

If the deal goes ahead it would be the second Israeli airline, after Israir, to opt for the European airframer's products, breaking Boeing's previous stranglehold in the country.

Arkia also recently leased an A320 which will arrive in Israel before the end of March.

The airline operates the low-cost flights in addition to its regular services using two Boeing 757-300s. It also has an Embraer 195 and several ATR 72-500s on its fleet.