Libyan oil firm buys Embraer jet

 - December 21, 2006, 10:37 AM

Libya’s Sirte Oil has ordered an Embraer E170 twinjet for corporate shuttle operations. The Brazilian-built aircraft, which will be configured for 76 passengers, will be delivered in March and will fly the 500-mile sector between Sirte’s main base at Marsa El Brega and the capital Tripoli, but also to other company facilities around the north African country.

Libya has slowly started to renew its aircraft fleet since the U.S. and Europe lifted trade sanctions in 2004. Earlier this year, the country’s border patrol services ordered 10 Agusta A109 Powers. According to BuchAir’s annual Bizjet publication, Libya’s business aircraft fleet currently consists of two Dassault Falcon 20s, a Falcon 50 and a Falcon 900EX, as well as a Lockheed JetStar, a Boeing 707, a Gulfstream II and a BAC 111.