Venezuela's Aeropostal to take three ex-Alitalia MD-80s

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Caracas, Venezuela-based Aeropostal has purchased three Boeing MD-80 aircraft, formerly operated by Alitalia.

The purchase is part of the carrier's fleet modernisation plans, it says. Aeropostal has five MD-82s and two DC-9s in its fleet.

"The additional jets will improve our operational reliability and allow us to re-enter certain international markets with flights to Quito and northern Brazil," says Aeropostal.

The airline invested $5 million in the acquisition of the aircraft, it says.

Aeropostal is a privately owned airline that has been "temporarily" administered by the Venezuelan government since 2008. Its owner, Walid Makled, has been accused of drug trafficking and money laundering.