Tampa Cargo, AviancaTaca Holding’s Colombia-based cargo airline, has taken delivery of the first of four new Airbus A330-200 Freighters at the Airbus widebody final assembly facility in Toulouse.
The Airbus A330-200 Freighter for Tampa Cargo is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines.
According to Airbus, the new aircraft is part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy and will allow Tampa Cargo to expand its presence in new and existing international markets, including Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, the United States and Uruguay.
“We are confident in the A330-200F’s proven advanced technology, eco-efficiency and range,” says Fabio Villegas, CEO of AviancaTaca. “Tampa Cargo looks forward to growing its cargo business and serving our customers in the Americas by partnering with Airbus and integrating the first A330-200F into its fleet.”
Economic benefits for Tampa Cargo include operational commonality with the Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft, of which AviancaTaca Holding has ordered 10.
The A330-200F can carry 70 tonnes of payload, with a range capability of up to 4,000 nautical miles. This will allow the airline to serve both regional and intercontinental destinations.
To date, 15 A330-200 Freighters are flying with six operators worldwide.
AviancaTaca has purchased a total of 190 Airbus aircraft and has a backlog of almost 80 aircraft. Overall, Airbus has sold more than 750 aircraft throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and currently holds a backlog that exceeds 370 aircraft.
In the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet in the region, while claiming to deliver more than 60 per cent of all new aircraft operating there.
The Airbus Foundation, AviancaTaca and Tampa Cargo used the delivery to ship teddy bears as part of a charitable Christmas initiative.
Aiming to bring smiles to underprivileged children in Colombia, the more than 1,000 stuffed toys were donated by Airbus employees from France, Germany and the UK with help from Aviation Sans Frontières, an Airbus Foundation partner for the past four years.