Carrier prefers Boeings

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 February, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 February, 1995, 12:00am

AIR MACAU will lease four new aircraft for its launch and will announce the types of jets it plans to acquire this month, according to the fledgling carrier's executive committee chairman.

It will also place advertisements in international newspapers for about 40 cockpit crew and 100 to 150 cabin crew, as managers gear up for a maiden flight date set to coincide with the opening of the Macau International Airport, probably in January next year.

Chairman Leonel Miranda said that a team was deciding whether Air Macau should be an exclusively Airbus or Boeing customer, but would announce the orders this month.

He said that the team had decided that it would initially lease four aircraft, with options to purchase written into the contracts.

'We have decided they will all be zero-mile air-craft, all new, so that we can sell safety,' Mr Miranda said.

'They will be 150 to 180-seat planes. But we really have not decided what types we will buy. I prefer Boeings, but we are still looking.' Industry insiders are also betting on Boeings, which are more prevalent in China than Airbuses.

Besides, while Boeing flight simulators are available in Zhuhai, there are no Airbus training centres in China.

China Southern Airlines operates a pilot training centre in Zhuhai with Boeing 737 and 757 simulators.

Mr Miranda said that the airline's livery would also be unveiled next week.