SpiceJet to operate Boeing 737-800s inked for Air Berlin

Source: Flightglobal.com
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SpiceJet is receiving delivery of two new Boeing 737-800s, which were previously scheduled to be operated by Air Berlin.

The two aircraft are part of an order for 10 737-800s made by Air Berlin early last year, a source close to the matter said.

It is understood that MC Aviation Partners signed a sale and leaseback agreement to cover all 10 aircraft, the first of which was delivered to Air Berlin at the end of last year, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

However, due to ongoing adjustments in Air Berlin's fleet renewal plans, two of these aircraft were no longer needed so the leases were transferred to SpiceJet.

The first of these 737-800s (MSN 37751) was delivered to SpiceJet last week, while the second will be arriving next month, the source said.

Meanwhile, Air Berlin is understood to have secured financing for all its deliveries up to mid-2013 through sale and leaseback deals. The airline has one Airbus A320 and seven 737-800s arriving later this year, according to Ascend.

Air Berlin is currently working on finding operating lessors to support its deliveries from mid-2013 onwards.