-Aer Lingus will take delivery of a new General Electric CF6-80E1-powered Airbus A330-200 in May 2000 on a six-year lease from International Lease Finance, with extension options.

-Kitty Hawk Air Cargo has completed conversion of an ex-Middle East Airlines (MEA) Boeing 747-200 combi to cargo configuration at its Oscoda, Michigan, maintenance centre, and put the aircraft in to service. Two other ex-MEA747-200 combis are being converted to cargo for Kitty Hawk at Boeing's Wichita, Kansas, facility. One aircraft is expected to enter service in mid-October, with the second following in mid-November.

-Aeroflot Russian International Airlines has taken two Airbus Industrie A310-300s on five-year leases, adding to the eight it already operates. Two more A310s are to be received before the end of 1998. ++Malaysia Airlines has sold two McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s to Transasian Air. Both aircraft are in storage in the USA.

-Brisbane-based Flight West Airlines has taken delivery of the first of three British Aerospace Jetstream 31EP (enhanced performance) turboprops for operation on regional routes in Queensland. The J31s, fitted with belly locker pods for extra baggage and freight, will replace Flight West's 10-seat Raytheon Beech King Airs, which are being sold.

-Czech carrier Fischer Air has ordered a new Boeing 737-300 for delivery in March 1999. The airline operates two 737-300s on European charter flights.

-Air Afrique has chartered aircraft from Air France and Air Mauritius to enable it to resume long haul flights, following the repossession of its four Airbus A310-300s.

-SAS has switched its remaining five options for Boeing MD-90-30s to 737-600s, as part of its recent order for 13 additional 737-600s.

-Bournemouth, UK-based Euroscot Express is replacing the BAC One-Eleven 500 leased from European Aviation with an ATR 72 turboprop.

Source: Flight International