Wed, Nov 18, 2009
Air Algerie, Tassili Airlines Opt For 737's
Boeing announced two orders for its workhorse Next-Generation
737-800 at the Dubai Airshow Tuesday.
Tassili Airlines of Algeria placed its first order for Boeing
airplanes with a signed deal for four of the aircraft. Tassili
Airlines is a 100-percent-owned subsidiary of government-owned
Sonatrach Petroleum Corporation, will use the 737-800s to transport
employees and cargo between large Algerian cities and Sonatrach
work sites. Tassili plans to put its 737s into commercial passenger
service on domestic and regional routes in the near future.
"Tassili's selection of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 is a
testament to the airplane's versatility, range and other
performance factors," said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes vice president of Sales for the Middle East, Central and
South Asia. "We offered a comprehensive package to support its
unique employee-transport needs, including spares, support
equipment, ground-handling equipment, tooling and training."
The order book grew further with the announcement that Air
Algerie would order seven Next-Generation 737-800s. The airplanes
will grow the Air Algerie Next-Generation 737 fleet to 22
airplanes, and will help the airline leverage the efficiencies of a
standard single-aisle fleet that delivers high fuel efficiency and
related environmental improvements, said Air Algerie CEO Abdelwahid
Air Algerie is based in Algeria's capital, Algiers.
"Our purchase of Boeing 737-800s is a natural progression for
Air Algerie," said Bouabdallah. "One advantage is that our pilots
and engineers are expertly trained and experienced with the
airplane. The 737-800 adds great value to our fleet because it is
very high-tech and reliable. Reduced operating and maintenance
costs mean our airplanes spend less time on the ground and more
time in the air making money."
Air Algerie ordered its new 737s with Blended Winglets, which
further reduce fuel burn by approximately four percent. A Boeing
customer for nearly 40 years, Air Algerie operates a Boeing fleet
that includes 10 737-800s, five 737-600s and three 767-300s.
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