Air Arabia gets first A320

October 26: North African carrier Air Arabia has taken delivery of the first of 44 A320s on order with Airbus. The airline’s buy of the aircraft was through two orders (34 placed in 2007 and ten in 2008) and was also the first time it had ordered from Airbus directly.
“Our aim to become one of the world’s leading airlines in terms of profit margin, innovation, reputation, and operational excellence has taken a step closer to reality with today’s delivery,” said Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia. “As we receive more aircraft, we will expand our network and operations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”
Air Arabia already operates a fleet of 23 leased A320s from its three main hubs of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Casablanca in Morocco and Alexandria in Egypt. It will open a fourth hub in Amman, Jordan next year.