Saudi Arabian Airlines Receives Its First A330-300 Regional

Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 20 Airbus A330-300 Regional jets it has on order, making it the launch customer for this new member of the A330 family.

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Iceland-based ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air has confirmed it will launch scheduled services from Keflavik International Airport to Los Angeles and Los Angeles and San Francisco in June. Wow Air intends to offer one-hour connections at Keflavik to and from its Europe flights.

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IAG’s follow-on order comprises two Airbus A330-300s, two A330-200s and 15 A320neos. Airbus and IAG announced the order on November 9, at the Dubai Airshow 2015.

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From May 11, 2016, Frankfurt-based Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week between Munich Airport and Denver International Airport, using Airbus A330-300s.

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Finnair will add scheduled services to two new Asian destinations, Fukuoka in Japan and Guangzhou in China, in its summer 2016 season.

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At the Paris Air Show on June 16, Airbus has announced commitments from Asian carriers EVA Air and Peach Aviation, for four A330-300s and three A320s respectively.

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is the first carrier to receive the increased-MTOW Airbus A330-300. To date, 11 worldwide customers have selected the 242-tonne-MTOW option.

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Passengers on board Lufthansa flight LH435 from Chicago to Munich were able to experience a total eclipse of the sun, early on the morning of March 20 local time.

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Four months after entering the A330 Final Assembly Line at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, and less than two months after its maiden flight, the first 242-tonne maximum take-off weight variant of the A330 has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop after final painting.

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As one of two growing airlines actually based at Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines must constantly evolve its network and its service offering carefully in order to compete sensibly with the sizable forces now ranged against it at its only hub.

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Finnair will operate its Chicago service from June 13 through October 17. The carrier will operate three round-trips a week on the Helsinki-Chicago route, using Airbus A330-300 widebodies.

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Its LOI makes Transaero Airlines the fifth launch customer for the Airbus A330neo family and the first European airline to commit to the re-engined A330.

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The manufacturer announced the launch of the A330neo program on July 14 at the Farnborough Airshow International 2014.

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Lufthansa is re-launching service between Munich and Miami in December, for the third time. From December 2, Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week between Munich Airport and Miami International Airport.

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Delta Air Lines will launch daily, year-round service from New York JFK to Zurich Airport and is planning to increase its service frequency from JFK to Rome. Delta and its joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia are also expanding service to Paris and Amsterdam from Atlanta.

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras is planning to launch its first international services by early 2015 and has confirmed its first international destinations will be in the United States. Azul will operate its new long-haul routes with a fleet of 11 Airbus widebodies.

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According to Delta, completion of the installations in all its international-service widebodies makes it the only U.S. carrier to offer flat-bed seats and direct aisle access in the business class cabins on all its overseas long-haul flights.

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With the signing of a series of agreements on March 26 in Paris, Airbus and China have laid the foundation for extending their cooperation farther into the future. China Aviation Supplies Holding Company and Airbus have also signed a general terms agreement covering orders for 70 Airbus jets.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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