Libyan Airlines, part of the Libyan Aviation Holding Company, took delivery of its first new Airbus A320 aircraft from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France.
The new aircraft, the first of 7 on order, will be equipped with On Air in-flight connectivity services allowing passengers to stay in touch with colleagues, family and friends while they travel.
Powered by CFM engines the aircraft will be operated on domestic and regional routes from the airlines hub in Tripoli, Libya.
The aircraft is fitted with several rows of convertible seats that enable the carrier to choose a variety of cabin configurations depending on their requirements. These range from the standard two class configuration with 32 business class seats and 108 economy class seats to an all economy cabin seating 156 passengers.
"Libyan Airlines strives to continuously improve the flying experience for our customers" said Captain Sabri, Chairman of Libyan Aviation Holding Company. "Our new A320, offering the best cabin comfort, and equipped with state of the art connectivity will bring unprecedented levels of service to our market. This is a major milestone in the history of Libyan Airlines."
"The A320 is the most modern, efficient and comfortable single aisle aircraft available on the market" said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "We look forward to working with Libyan Airlines as they continue their fleet renewal and expansion."
Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.
In the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), Airbus has sold around 1,000 aircraft and has a backlog of over 500. More than 500 Airbus aircraft are flying with 48 MENA operators, representing around 40% of the fleet in service in the region.