North Africa-based Air Algerie launched a tender last week to purchase 14 passenger aircraft, as well as two 13- to 20-tonne cargo jets. The deadline for manufacturer bids is April 28.

According to a notice published in the El Moudjahid newspaper, the North African carrier needs eight 150-seat, three 250-seat and three 70-seat passenger aircraft.

Government-owned Air Algerie faces more competition as carriers such as Emirates and Qatar Airways launch services into its Algiers hub. Air France remains its main competitor on routes to France.

Currently, the North African carrier’s only long-haul service is twice-weekly on the Algiers-Beijing route.

Air Algerie operates five Airbus A330-200s, three Boeing 767-300s, 17 737-800s, five 737-600s and 12 ATR 72-500s.