German charter specialist Hamburg International is poised to order 14 Airbus A319s and place options on six more, signalling a switch from its Boeing 737-700 fleet.

Hamburg International is preparing to announce a complete fleet-renewal programme in January and will replace its Boeing fleet with A319s, say industry sources. The new Airbus aircraft are due to enter the fleet from 2008.

Ten A319s are set for Hamburg International operations, while four are bound for use by a joint venture initiative with a tour operator partner outside Europe. The airline and Airbus decline to comment.

Source: Flight International