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News Review • Africa/Middle East

Air Arabia has received its first Airbus A321LR. The aircraft, A6-ATA (c/n 8714), made its first flight on April 2, and has since been flown non-stop from the European manufacturer’s Hamburg/Finkenwerder plant to the airline’s Sharjah base. The new jet is configured with 215 seats and has been financed through an arrangement with Air Lease Corporation. Its arrival makes the carrier the first in the Middle Eastern to operate the type, with a further five examples due to follow in the coming months. Adel Al Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia, said: “The addition of this new aircraft allows us to expand our service to farther and newer destinations while remaining loyal to our low-cost business model.” (Photo Air Arabia)

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