Airbus and Air Algérie have signed a deal under which the aircraft maker will deliver seven entirely new aircraft.
The agreement, which became official on June 1, 2023, calls for the purchase of five A330-900neo and two A350-1000 aircraft.
Airbus said that the agreement will allow “Air Algérie to take full advantage of the flexibility of the Airbus product range, strengthen its regional services and offer an ambitious plan for transcontinental destinations.”
The A330-900 is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, which enable it to travel 13,334 km or 7,200 nm without stopping.
The new Trent XWB engines from Rolls-Royce power the A350, which can fly 8,700 nautical miles (or 16,100 kilometers) nonstop.
“By operating the A330neo alongside the A350-1000, Air Algérie will also benefit from operational savings such as a 25 percent lower fuel burn per seat and greater flexibility resulting from the unique commonality between members of the Airbus aircraft Family,” Airbus added in a statement marking the new agreement.
The A330 Family had 1,775 solid orders from 130 clients worldwide by the end of April 2023, while the A350 range had 967 firm orders from 54 customers.
Air Algérie also placed a purchase order with Boeing on May 17, 2023, for eight B737-9 MAX planes that will start arriving in 2027.
The 15 new aircraft will support Air Algérie’s larger goal for fleet renewal and expansion thanks to the Boeing and Airbus orders already in place.
56 aircraft total, including eight A330-200s, 32 Boeing 737s (of various types, including five of the extremely uncommon B737-600), 15 ATR-72 turboprops, and a single L100, the civilian version of the renowned Lockheed C-130 Hercules freight plane, form Air Algérie’s fleet at the moment.