++ An Aero International (Regional) ATR 42-320 operated by CityFlyer Express is being offered for lease by Fortis Aviation, on behalf of AIRCOM, from the end of 1997. ++ British Midland has now signed a firm contract with Airbus Industrie for eight A320/A321s, and will take an additional 12 on lease from International Lease Finance. The combined deal is for 11 160-seat A320s and nine 196-seat A321s, all of which will be powered by the International Aero Engines V2500-A5. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 1998. ++ Airbus has received a firm order for a single A321, from an undisclosed customer. ++ easyJet has purchased an ex-Deutsche BA Boeing 737-300 for delivery in November. ++ Iberia has wet-leased a 476-seat Boeing 747-200 from Air Atlanta Icelandic for six months for the operation of six weekly scheduled flights between Madrid and Havana, Cuba. ++ TransAer is to add two additional Airbus A300B4s to its fleet this month and in August. Both aircraft are being leased from General Electric Capital Aviation Services. The airline already flies four A300s, and one of the new aircraft will be deployed on permanent standby duty at Manchester, UK. TransAer also operates six Airbus A320s, and is considering the addition of two more in 1998. ++ The Macedonian airline Avioimpex has added an ex-ValuJet McDonnell Douglas (MDC) MD-81 on lease from MDC. The airline flies an MDC DC-9-30 and a Yakovlev Yak-42. ++ Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise, Asiana and Croatia Airways have selected Auxiliary Power International's APS 3200 auxiliary power unit for their A319/A320/A321s. ++ World Airways has began operating all-cargo flights with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 freighter between Latin America and the USA on wet-lease to VASP of Brazil. Later this year World will be operating two MDC MD-11s on passenger services for VASP.

Source: Flight International