Yemeni Airways planes are seen parked in the tarmac at Sanaa International Airport, on December 23, 2013
Yemeni Airways planes are seen parked in the tarmac at Sanaa International Airport, on December 23, 2013 © Mohammed Huwais - AFP/File
Yemeni Airways planes are seen parked in the tarmac at Sanaa International Airport, on December 23, 2013
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Last updated: February 9, 2014

Yemen plane allowed to leave Paris after deal with US firm

A Yemeni airline plane seized at a Paris airport in a dispute over an unpaid fine was allowed to fly out after a deal was struck with the US leasing firm that owns it, airport sources said Saturday.

The Yemenia Airbus A330 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport several hours after bailiffs immobilised it Friday on orders from the US company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) as it was making a stopover on a flight from Sanaa to Cairo, the sources said.

Details of the deal struck were not revealed. A French official had said Friday the plane was seized because of a financial dispute over "the non-payment of a fine".

Most of the 110 passengers who were forced to disembark from the aircraft Friday were put back on the plane to continue their journey.

Yemenia is Yemen's flagship airline. It operates a fleet of seven Airbus planes, according to its website, including two A330s.

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