Ariana Afghan Airlines has ordered four Boeing 737-700s to modernise its ageing fleet, while also agreeing to lease two Boeing 757-200s. The agreement covers the purchase of four new 737-700s with deliveries expected in 2009 and 2010, writes Nicholas Ionides.

Ariana will also be leasing two 757-200s from Boeing Capital, initially for use during the annual Hadj pilgrimage, in which Muslims travel to Mecca. Deliveries of these aircraft are due later this month.

Ariana expects to use the 737-700s to replace its four Boeing 727-200s. Its fleet also comprises three Airbus A300B4s and one Antonov An-24.

Source: Flight International