Aerolíneas Argentinas has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A330-200s the carrier ordered directly from the manufacturer, as part of the carrier’s fleet-renewal strategy.
The Airbus A330-200, which is equipped with GE Aviation CF6-80E1 engines, joins four leased A330-200s and seven A340-300s in the Aerolíneas Argentinas fleet.
“The addition of this new A330-200 to our wide body family will enable Aerolíneas Argentinas, to redefine its long-haul network and enhance its international service offering,” said Dr. Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolíneas Argentinas.
“This new A330 not only shares commonality with our existing A330 and A340 airliners, it also offers exceptional operational flexibility with the right range and lowest costs,” added Recalde. “It will play a key role in our fleet renewal strategy, ensuring that we continue to offer our passengers the best in world-class comfort and service levels.”
Aerolíneas Argentinas will deploy its new A330-200s on long-haul routes from its hub at Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport to Miami and New York JFK, and then Madrid in July.
SkyTeam Alliance member Aerolíneas Argentinas has been an Airbus operator since 1994, when the airline began flying the A310-300. Later, Aerolíneas Argentinas became one of the few operators of the Airbus A340-200.
In February 2013, Argentina’s national airline announced its order for four Airbus A330-200s to renew and consolidate its widebody fleet.
Airbus has sold more than 850 aircraft throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and has a backlog of nearly 400 to be delivered to the region. More than 550 Airbus aircraft are now in operation in the Latin America-Caribbean region.
In the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet in the region and claims to have delivered more than 60 per cent of all aircraft now operating there.