Arkia Israeli Airlines (Tel Aviv) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft. The commitment makes Arkia the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the type in the region.
Arkia’s A330-900neo will join the four A321neo aircraft ordered at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2012.
Arkia is majority owned by the Nakash brothers and Jordache Enterprise. Nakash Holdings is the private investment arm of Jordache Enterprises (from the Jordache jeans fame). The company manages a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including MG Aviation in Hong Kong, U.S. Polo Association, retail, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, hotels and real estate located in prime locations throughout the world. The real estate portfolio consists of retail, office, multifamily and hospitality properties. Among the group’s recent acquisitions are the Versace Mansion and the famous Art Deco Setai Miami Beach.
Arkia Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv), the second largest airline in Israel, signed today (July 9) a purchase agreement for four A321neos at the Farnborough International Airshow. This order makes the airline a new Airbus customer and the first airline in Israel to order the A320 neo Family. Engine selection will be announced at a later date
The aircraft will be configured in a single all economy class seating 220 passengers. The flexibility and range capabilities of the A321neo will allow Arkia to operate their new aircraft on expanding routes to European and domestic destinations.