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Friday, October 8, 1999 Published at 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK

World: Middle East

Libyan deal with Airbus

Libyan television says that the country's national carrier, Libyan Airlines, has reached agreement to buy twenty four aircraft from the European Airbus Industrie consortium.

The television quoted senior Libyan transport officials as saying the deal -- estimated at several billion dollars -- would enable Libyan Airlines to modernise its fleet.

The officials also said the airline would resume international operations with flights to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

No details of which planes or routes are involved were given.

Airbus gave no comment about the Libyan report.

International sanctions against Libya were lifted in April after it handed over two Libyans suspected of involvement in the 1988 bombing of an American airliner over Scotland.

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