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African airlines add 767s for European flights

Two African Airlines - Uganda's East African Airlines (EAA) and start-up Eritrean Airlines - are adding Boeing 767s for long-haul services to Europe.

Entebbe-based EAA is acquiring a 767-300ER on lease from International Lease Finance that was previously operated by Dutch charter airline Martinair. The aircraft is being prepared for delivery at Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

Meanwhile, Eritrean Airlines has begun operations with a 14-year-old, ex-EgyptAir 767-300ER leased from Boeing Aircraft Trading. The aircraft has already entered service on flights from its base in Asmara to Amsterdam, and will be used on services to other points in Europe and to destinations in Africa.

Boeing says the airline will also operate scheduled cargo services, and plans to acquire more aircraft.