Afriqiyah Airways, the national airline of Libya, has successfully brought back an Airbus A330-300 aircraft after an eight-year lease with Turkish Airlines. This move marks a significant development for Afriqiyah Airways, which had initially leased the aircraft in 2015 due to a lack of available options for its operations. Following meticulous maintenance and documentation procedures, the aircraft has rejoined Afriqiyah Airways’ fleet and is set to enhance the airline’s long-distance capabilities.
The Return of the Airbus A330
On June 10, the Airbus A330-300 with serial number 1499 and registration TC-JOM arrived at Tripoli-Mitiga Airport from Istanbul, marking its official return to Afriqiyah Airways. The aircraft, now bearing the registration number 5A-ONQ, had served Turkish Airlines faithfully for the past eight years. Afriqiyah Airways expressed its excitement about reclaiming the aircraft through a Facebook post on Friday, highlighting its successful maintenance and the completion of all necessary documentation.
With the addition of the leased Airbus A330, Afriqiyah Airways significantly expands its fleet and boosts its operational capabilities. The aircraft has been meticulously prepared for its return, ensuring its airworthiness and compliance with all necessary safety standards. Afriqiyah Airways has expressed confidence in the aircraft’s ability to meet its operational requirements upon arrival, emphasizing its long-distance capabilities and a spacious seating capacity of 291.