by Fouad Attar
First of all let me wish you a Happy New Year for 2019. May you have the best of health & happiness and of course a successful business year!
2018 was a busy year for Airbus Africa and Middle East; we delivered over 40 aircraft to airlines in the region and also book over 40 orders for new aircraft. Significant among those deliveries were those receiving their first A320neo such as Jazeera, Gulf Air, Flynas and Salam Air. It was also a significant year for our newest product the A330neo – the first aircraft has entered service with TAP in Portugal, Air Senegal will soon be the first airline in the region to fly the aircraft and we have orders from two more strategic customers, MEA and Kuwait Airways. Both the A330-800 and A330-900 bring new levels of efficiency as well as high operational reliability.
At Airbus we are always happy to exchange with our customers on various aviation related topics such as latest trends and developments as well on more specialist subjects such as Fleet and Network Planning. During 2018 we hosted several events in the region most recently one seminar in Pakistan for all airlines in the country and another in Dubai that welcomed airlines from around the world. I thank you for your participation to such events which are always a fruitful exchange of ideas between our teams.
As we look forward to 2019 there is another busy year ahead in our ever-growing industry. I wish you all a flying start to 2019!