Air Alps Aviation of Innsbruck, Austria, has acquired an ex-PB Air Dornier 328-110 turboprop, in a deal arranged by Aircraft Leasing & Management. The deal boosts Air Alps' (which operates as KLM Alps) fleet of 328s to four. Safair of South Africa has placed two Boeing MD-82s with French carrier Air Liberté on a four-year lease, with an option to extend. A third MD-82 has been leased to Dinar Lineas Aereas of Argentina on a five-year lease. Garuda Indonesia has wet-leased 11 aircraft to cope with increased demand for the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. The aircraft include six Boeing 767s on two-month lease from Britannia Airways from mid-February, adding to four World Airways Boeing MD-11s which are already on lease. One Airbus A340-300 is also being leased from China Southwest Airlines. Garuda will also use four of its own Boeing 747-400s. Arkia Israeli Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 757-300 this month. A second 757-300 will be delivered within the next few weeks. Amsterdam-based leasing company debis AirFinance has placed a new Rolls-Royce Trent 772-powered Airbus A330-200 on 10-year lease with SriLankan Airlines. Pegasus Aviation has concluded lease deals for Boeing 757-200s with four operators: LTU International Airways, Mexicana, TWA and Las Vegas-based National Airlines. Gill Airways has completed the purchase of three of KLM uk's ATR 72-200 turboprops. Tarom has cancelled its single remaining order for a Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered Airbus A310-300. This leaves just five outstanding orders for the Airbus twinjet - the suspended deal concluded by Iraqi Airways in 1990. Qantas has ordered a new Bombardier Dash 8 Q300, for delivery in March to Brisbane based subsidiary Sunstate Airlines. The carrier operates six Dash 8 Series 100s and Q200s.

Source: Flight International