Airbus says the Tunis-based carrier has signed a letter of acceptance for a fleet-renewal proposal from the airframer.
No engine selection has been disclosed, although the A350 is only available with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Tunisair’s current fleet of 12 A320s and four A319s is fitted with CFM International CFM56 engines.
Neither Airbus nor Tunisair has indicated when the new aircraft would be delivered, or detailed the extent to which they will replace its current jets.
Tunisair chief Nabil Chettaoui says the acquisition is “part of a major fleet development” which will enable the airline to “take up market opportunities”. The A330s and A350s will be used on services to North America and Asia.
Disclosure of the fleet renewal plan comes as Tunisair celebrates its 60th anniversary. The airline is intending to undergo a change of livery to mark the occasion.
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