Israel Arkia orders four Airbus A330neos
From left: Jordache Enterprises president Ralph Nakash, Airbus COO-customers John Leahy, Jordache Enterprises chairman Joe Nakash
Tel Aviv-based Arkia Israeli Airlines has firmed an order for four A330-900neo aircraft valued at $1.15 billion at list prices.
The order, first announced as an MOU in February 2015 and finalized June 11 at the Farnborough Airshow, marks the first time an Israeli airline has ordered an Airbus widebody aircraft. Arkia has an existing order for four A321neo aircraft.
Airbus noted that commonality between A321neo and A330-900neo cockpits will “allow pilots and engineers to transition between [the two types] easily.”
The A330neo aircraft will be equipped with the Airspace by Airbus cabin offering.
Joe Nakash, chairman of Arkia majority owner Jordache Enterprises, said the A330-900neo will be used to enable the airline grow “on highly-competitive international long-haul routes from Israel.”