Tunis Air has signed a contract for seven A320-family aircraft. The four A320s and three A319s will make it the first customer for the smallest Airbus in both Africa and the Arab world.

Tunis Air, which operates eight CFM International CFM56-powered A320s and one A300B4, will take its first A319 in mid-1998. Deliveries of the new A320s will start in early 1999.

Tunisair's fleet includes eight Boeing 727-200s, four 737-200s and four 737-500s. It is anticipated that the new aircraft will replace some older ones. The airline will operate the A319s with its A320s to Europe, the Middle East, and within North Africa.

Source: Flight International