Constellation International Airlines has switched from its selection of the Boeing 737-300 to the Airbus Industrie A320 to replace its fleet of Boeing 727-200s.

The Belgian charter airline will take delivery in April 1997 of two A320s on lease from International Lease Finance, in time for its 1997 summer operations.

The carrier's two 727-200s have been sold to FedEx. One aircraft has already been delivered and the second will remain in Constellation service until the arrival of the A320s.

The decision to modernise the fleet was taken together with an increase of the company's capital to Bfr100 million ($3.1 million), with the intention to acquire up to three 737-300s (Flight International, 23-30 October).

Constellation chief executive Christian Heinzman says that the airline reviewed its selection after studying a new offer for two new A320s. Airbus will provide Constellation with pilot training for the new type.

TAT European Airlines has concluded a deal to sell five Boeing 737-200s to the Argentinian airline LAPA, including two aircraft which are scheduled to be used as spares sources.

Source: Flight International