-Austrian Airlines has become the first carrier to take delivery of the recently certificated Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered Airbus A330-200, with the handing over of the first of four aircraft it plans to acquire. Meanwhile, Korean Air has become the first Asian airline to take delivery of the type, with the handing over of the first of three PW4000-powered A330-200s it has on order.

-American Trans Air has ordered two Boeing 757-200s from the manufacturer, to be delivered in autumn 1999.

-Tunisair took delivery of its first of three CFM International CFM56-powered Airbus A319s during August. The airline's second A319 is scheduled to arrive during September.

-Japan's Mitsui Aircraft Leasing has purchased two 737-400s from Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

-International Lease Finance has confirmed the lease of two Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4-powered A310-300s to Oman Air. The two ex-Swissair aircraft will be delivered during the first quarter of 1999.

-WestJet Airlines of Canada has agreed to acquire up to four of Air Nippon's seven Boeing 737-200 Advs from its parent All Nippon Airways. The deal includes one firm sale and three options. Air Nippon is replacing the aircraft with new 737-500s.

-Avatar Alliance has purchased a 23-year-old ex-Korean Air Airbus A300B4-100 and two 26-year-old ex-Florida West Boeing 727-200 Advs for dismantling.

-Australia's Flight West Airlines will take delivery of the first of two ex-Air Ivoire Fokker 100s in November, with a second aircraft due to arrive in early 1999. The new aircraft will enable the airline to expand operations from Brisbane to the Norfolk Islands and its services to Papa New Guinea.

-Thai Airways has taken delivery of the first of two new A330-300s on 11-year operating leases from debis AirFinance. The aircraft were originally ordered by Thai and have been sold to debis before delivery. ++Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise has placed orders for two additional A320s.

Source: Flight International