Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) is boosting its ATR 72-210 fleet with an additional seven aircraft. The ex-Air New Zealand Mount Cook aircraft will join 12 of the type that are already operated by the Delta subsidiary. Air New Zealand Mount Cook is replacing the -210s with ATR 72-500s. US freight carrier Kitty Hawk International has been awarded a three-year wet-lease contract for two Boeing 747-200 freighters from Michigan-based air logistics company Pathfinder Air Resources. The 747Fs will be flown exclusively on Pathfinder's behalf on routes from the USA to Europe, Latin America and Africa. Flight International's sister on-line service Air Transport Intelligence reports that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has concluded sale/lease-back agreements with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) on three Rolls-Royce Trent 800-powered Boeing 777-200ERs. America West Holdings, parent of the Phoenix-based carrier, has concluded a sale/leaseback deal with Boullioun Aviation Services for five Boeing 737-300s and one Boeing 757-200 valued at more than $125 million. America West will lease the six aircraft back for five and a half years. AeroCentury, the US lessor and finance company, has acquired two Shorts 360-300s in a deal arranged by Fortis Aircraft Management Services. The aircraft are on a two-year operating lease with German airline RAS. The Fortis Aviation Group has also been appointed by Irish operator Aer Turas to sell a hushkitted McDonnell Douglas DC8-63FH. Egyptian carrier AMC Aviation has leased a pair of ex-THY Turkish Airlines MD-90s from Boeing. Yemenia has leased an Airbus A310-300 from International Lease Finance. The five-year deal will see the aircraft delivered later this month. The leasing giant has also leased a Boeing 757-200ER to Mexicana for 69 months. It brings the number of the type on lease to Mexicana to seven.

Source: Flight International