<LI> Air Seychelles has concluded a deal with International Lease Finance (ILFC) to lease a single Boeing 737-700 to operate services to Nairobi, Johannesburg, Dubai, in South Africa and Mumbai in India.

<LI> Further to last week's report, City Bird has taken an ex-Istanbul Airlines 737-400 on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services, which will also supply two new -800s to the Belgian airline in May 2001 and March 2002.

<LI> On behalf of Mesa Airlines, Raytheon has sold a Beech 1900D to Quito-based Saereo, to provide transport for oil companies in the Amazon region of Ecuador. Saereo already operates a 1900C.

<LI> Transbrasil has taken delivery of an ex-TAP Boeing 737-300 on a five-year lease arranged by Aircraft Leasing & Management.

<LI> Scandinavian Airlines has signed a firm contract with Airbus for up to 39 aircraft, including six A330-300s, four A340-300s (plus seven A330/ A340 options) and 12 International Aero Engines V2500-powered A321-100s (plus 10 options). Deliveries will be between 2001 and 2004.

<LI> South African carrier Intensive Air has acquired a second Fokker F28 Mk4000 from Scandinavian Airlines, in a deal arranged by ALM. The twinjets have been acquired for the airline's expanding contract and ad hoc charter business.

<LI> All Nippon Airways (ANA) is acquiring three Boeing 767-300ERs on lease next January for its new regional carrier. It will take over some of ANA's short-haul routes and is expected to serve major Chinese cities initially with South-East Asian destinations following later next year.

<LI> British World Airlines will take a third Boeing 737-300 in May. The ex-Braathens aircraft will be leased from Babcock and Brown and offered for ad hoc charters or wet-leases. A fourth 737-300 is planned for 2001 and two more in 2002, to enable the airline's BAC One-Elevens to be phased out.

<LI> Polynesian Airlines will take a second 737-800 on 10-year lease from ILFC in September 2001.

Source: Flight International