Yemenia looks at A320 for narrowbody renewal

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Yemeni flag-carrier Yemenia is in talks to acquire new narrowbody aircraft, and is considering a switch to the Airbus A320 family.

The airline's chief, Abdulkalek Al-Kadi, disclosed the plan to ATI during the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Jeddah.

Yemenia has four Boeing 737-800s but Al-Kadi says it will be in the market for another four around 2010-11.

But he adds that the carrier is also assessing the A320 family. Al-Kadi says that, if it opts for the Airbus model, it will take eight to 10 aircraft and completely replace the 737 fleet.

Yemenia's long-haul fleet comprises Airbus A330s and A310s, and the carrier has A350s on order.

But the carrier's relations with France have deteriorated since the 30 June A310 crash in the Comoros, and it is unclear whether this might influence a future aircraft selection.