Cyprus Airways has decided to split its fleet-renewal order, worth an estimated $560 million, between Airbus and Boeing. The European manufacturer has won the larger slice of the deal, with the A330 selected as its new long-range widebody to replace A310s.

The airline has placed a firm order with Airbus for two A319s for delivery in 2002, while two A330-200s will arrive on lease from an undisclosed lessor in 2003.

The A330s will replace the airline's four A310s, which are set to leave the fleet at the same time. The airline says that it is in contact with three leasing companies about the sale of the A310s. These aircraft are understood to be ultimately heading for Iran Air's fleet (Flight International, 6-12 February).

Meanwhile, four Boeing 737-800s are to be taken on lease for operation by the airline's charter division, Eurocypria, in 2003.

Source: Flight International