Sabena has abandoned plans to acquire four additional Airbus A340-300s that it has on order for delivery in 2001 and 2002.

The Belgian flag carrier has taken the decision as part of its "Operation Blue Sky" cost analysis programme, which was initiated in a bid to boost Sabena's poor financial health. The SAirGroup-owned airline's four aircraft order will be taken over by one of the other Qualiflyer Group airlines.

Earlier this year, Sabena put its two A340-200s up for sale as it reduced capacity on long haul routes. The aircraft are still in storage awaiting disposal. Following the termination of its Johannesburg and New York Newark services in April, Sabena will dispose of its other two A340s or possibly two of its 10 A330s.

Source: Flight International