Tunisair increases range with an A319

Tunisair, the North African airline, has placed an order for an Airbus A319 Extended-Range aircraft to create non-stop flights on its Middle East and African routes.

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By  Barbara Cockburn Published  August 1, 2006

The aircraft features an additional centre tank compared to the standard A319, increasing fuel capacity to boost range. In addition the airline will retrofit up to three of its A319, already in operation to the Extended-Range version. Youssef Neji, president and CEO of the Tunisair group, said: “The A319 Extended-Range is going to be a tremendous aircraft for our passengers and the airline, in terms of comfort and costs.” He added: “Complementary to our A320s already in operation and performing greatly, it perfectly responds to our needs in terms of range, passenger capacity and operational costs and allows us to serve our longer range routes with exactly the right aircraft.” The aircraft, which will be powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, will carry an extra centre fuel tank to increase its range to 3,700 nautical miles. No delivery date has been disclosed for the type. The jet will be fitted with 16 business-class and 90 economy-class seats. Derived from the A319 airliner, first delivered in 1996, the A319 Extended-Range is an A320 family member allowing ‘same type rating’ for pilots, qualifying them to fly on all A320 family members, and a common maintenance policy. This provides Tunisair with cost advantages and enables the airline to offer its customers added services.

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