Armenian flag-carrier Armavia is set to acquire an Airbus A340-500 to serve proposed long-range routes.

Managing director Norair Belluyan says the airline intends to sign the purchase contract during the upcoming Farnborough Air Show.

It would be the follow-up to an agreement that was concluded at the ILA 2008 in Berlin last month.

“We need an aircraft with a long-haul capability sufficient for direct flights between Yerevan and Los Angeles which is a home to one of the largest Armenian communities abroad,” says Belluyan.

To make the best of operating a widebody aircraft, Armavia is also planning to introduce eastbound services to Beijing.