AviancaTaca Holdings unit Avianca has signed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200 Freighters, which will be operated by Avianca subsidiary Tampa Cargo.
Colombian carrier Avianca will announce its engine choice at a later date.
According to Airbus, the Airbus A330-200F will replace Tampa Cargo’s current cargo fleet (which consists of four Boeing 767-200ER freighters and one 767-300ER freighter) and will play a key role in expanding Avianca’s international cargo business.
The order will make Avianca the first operator to receive the Airbus A330-200F in Latin America. AviancaTaca and its subsidiaries already operate seven Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft and 81 Airbus A320-family passenger jets.
“As an existing operator of seven A330 passenger aircraft, we are confident that these new A330 Freighters will bring us greater fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and improved environmental performance,” says Fabio Villegas, CEO of AviancaTaca Holdings and president of Avianca. “We couldn’t be more proud that our cargo airline Tampa will be the first A330 Freighter operator in Latin America.”
“In addition to being a top-performing and cost-efficient aircraft, this new-generation, mid-size freighter can profitably serve both hot and high destinations and longer transcontinental flights without sacrificing payload,” says John Leahy, Airbus COO customers. “Airbus is pleased that AviancaTaca and its subsidiaries will be first in Latin America to benefit from the outstanding economics and proven track record of the A330 Freighter.”
The A330-200F, which has just celebrated a successful first year of efficient operation, can carry up to 70 tonnes of payload and offers a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers).
Eight A330-200F freighters are now flying with four operators in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. To date, 61 A330-200Fs have been ordered by 10 customers.