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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Brussels Airlines is strengthening its long-haul network, in a move that will see it add two more Airbus A330s to its fleet within the next 15 months.

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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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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company has signed a general terms agreement with Airbus for 45 A330-family aircraft and a memorandum of understanding covering options for 30 more.

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Kuwait Airways has taken delivery of the first of five new A330-200s it has agreed to lease, becoming a new operator of the A330.

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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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Accra, which Brussels Airlines will serve four times a week from its Brussels Airport hub with its fleet of Airbus A330s, will become the carrier’s 16th destination in West Africa. However, the carrier will stop serving Kenya’s capital Nairobi at the end of October.

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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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RwandAir, the flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus regarding an order for two new A330s, to be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772Bs. A computer graphic image released by Airbus to publicize the news shows an A330-200 in RwandAir colors.

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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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ALC was first customer to sign commitments for both the A300neo family and the A321LR, signing up for 25 A330-900neos at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 and signing a memorandum of understanding for 30 A321LRs in January 2015.

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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.

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he commitment makes Arkia the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the Airbus A330nee family in the Middle East.

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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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Air China is launching four-times-weekly service linking its Southwest China regional hub at Chengdu with Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on February 10.

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In addition to its 50-aircraft order of November 20 and its order for 10 A330-300s from September 2013, Delta also has 45 Airbus A321s on firm order, bringing its total Airbus backlog to 105 aircraft.

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Airbus has decided to launch development and production of five new Beluga outsize-cargo transporters, to accompany the ramp-up of A350 XWB production and other aircraft production-rate increases.

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Hong Kong Airlines is launching five-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Sapporo on December 19.

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The July 22 memorandum of understanding makes Hawaiian Airlines the sixth launch customer for the new Airbus A330neo family. However, it also represents another potential nail in the likely coffin of the Airbus A350-800, which as of June 30 had only accumulated firm orders for 34 aircraft.

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