Aerolíneas Argentinas has placed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200s to renew and consolidate its widebody fleet.
Airbus announced the order on February 13, during the Singapore Airshow 2014. Aerolíneas Argentinas has ordered General Electric CF6-80E1 engines to power the four aircraft.
Argentina’s flagship carrier will deploy its new Airbus A330-200 widebody jets on its medium- and long-haul routes from its hub at Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (IATA code EZE and better known as Ezeiza International Airport) to destinations throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States.
The airline currently operates eight A340-300s, four A340-200s (it is one of the few carriers still to operate the oldest, shortest A340 version) and four A330-200s.
“Because we are committed to offer our customers the best service possible, we have added four A330-200s to our fleet,” said Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolíneas Argentinas. “This widebody aircraft provides the latest innovation, modern interior design and onboard entertainment, while allowing us to significantly improve our fleet’s operational and economic efficiencies. We are very proud of this decision, which makes our relationship with Airbus stronger than ever.”
The Airbus A330 family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted orders for more than 1,300 aircraft. More than 1,000 A330s are now flying, with more than 100 operators worldwide.
A330s are averaging a dispatch reliability rate well above 99 per cent, according to Airbus.
More than 500 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 800 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 400 yet to be delivered.
In the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet in the Latin America-Caribbean region, while delivering more than 60 per cent of all aircraft operating in the region.