Yemeni flag-carrier Yemenia is planning to acquire two Airbus A330-200s next year as it turns its attention to its long-haul aircraft for the next phase in its fleet renewal programme.

Yemenia director of fleet planning Hassan Sohbi says that, in accordance with its fleet modernisation, the airline has signed a letter of intent with International Lease Finance (ILFC) to take delivery of a pair of A330s in 2004.

Sana'a-based Yemenia's long-haul fleet currently comprises four leased Airbus A310-300s: one from ILFC and one from Kuwaiti-based lessor ALAFCO, both more than a decade old, plus two newer examples from Airbus Financial Services.

It is unclear whether the airline plans to withdraw any of its A310s from service when the A330s arrive.

Source: Flight Daily News