Panama-based Copa Airlines has ordered four Boeing 737-700s and two 737-800s, and placed options for an additional four 737-700s and two 737-800s. Deliveries of the 124- and 155-seat aircraft will begin in October next year, and will complement Copa's fleet of 10 Next Generation 737s already in service and one which is due for delivery later this year.

Alitalia has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-200ER, of which it has five more on order. The Italian airline plans to use the aircraft on non-stop routes to North and South America and Asia. Alitalia also has six 777-300s on option from Boeing.

Papua New Guinea flag carrier Air Niugini has taken delivery of a Boeing 767-300ER from Ansett Worldwide, which will replace the existing GATX-owned Airbus A310. The aircraft will be operated by Air New Zealand until Air Niugini has regulatory approval to operate the aircraft and will operate on routes from the New Guinean capital, Port Moresby, to Australia and Asia.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of a Boeing 767-300 Freighter, the first all-freighter aircraft in its 137-strong Boeing fleet. ANAwill use the aircraft from 8 September between Tokyo Narita and Dalian, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Seoul and Tianjin.

Ansett Worldwide has delivered an Airbus A310-300 on a short-term lease to AMC Airlines, the largest privately owned Egyptian airline. The 254-seat A310 will be used for scheduled and charter routes from Cairo to Paris and other European destinations. It is the first of the type in the fleet which consists of a Boeing 737-200 and three Boeing MD-90s.

Spanish flag air carrier Iberia has sold two 727s and five A300s to BDM Investment as part of its fleet-modernisation plan which has seen about 60 aircraft retired since 1999.

JAT Yugoslav Airlines has leased a Boeing 737-300 from West Fargo Bank Northwest through International Lease Finance (ILFC) to cope with increased summer traffic. The former Aero Continente aircraft is on a 15-month lease.

Source: Flight International