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A330s, ATRs for Air Algérie, 737s to follow

Algerian flag carrier Air Algérie has ordered five Airbus A330-200s and six ATR 72-500s as part of a fleet-renewal plan. The ATRs, repossessed ex-Khalifa Airways aircraft, will be delivered from year-end, with the A330s arriving from January 2005. The A330s will replace two Airbus A310s, a Boeing 747-200 and three 767-300s, while the ATRs will replace seven Fokker F27s. Air Algérie president Mohamed Tayeb Benouis last week stated that the carrier would also acquire three Boeing 737-800s, bringing the value of the deal to $650 million. Boeing has not confirmed the order. Air Alg‚rie has already taken 13 Boeing 737-600s and -800s as part of its fleet renewal.

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