TransAsia Airways of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The Airbus A330-300 was delivered to the airline at a ceremony in Toulouse on November 26.

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US Airways has been awarded operating slots to inaugurate daily, non-stop service in March 2013 between its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina and London Heathrow Airport.

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Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus covering 34 A321s, 10 A321neo jets and 10 A330-300 widebodies. Philippine Airlines is purchasing the aircraft under a major fleet modernization program and deliveries of its new Airbus aircraft are due to start in 2013.

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Colombia-based Synergy Aerospace, whose parent Synergy Group is the majority owner of AviancaTaca and Tampa Cargo and owns several other airlines, has signed a firm order for six Airbus A330-200 passenger jets and three A330-200 Freighter aircraft.

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Airbus has decided to offer further-enhanced versions of its A330 widebody family by increasing the family’s maximum take-off weight capability to 240 metric tonnes. This capability will be first applied to the larger Airbus A330-300 and subsequently to the A330-200 and A330-200F.

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This summer US Airways is offering daily, seasonal service to Barcelona, Athens, Glasgow, Venice and Lisbon from its hub at Philadelphia. The carrier will also add daily, seasonal service from US Airways’ hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Dublin, Madrid and Rome.

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Hawaiian Airlines began operating Airbus aircraft in 2010 and now has agreed commitments for 22 A330-200s, including four which the airline is leasing from aircraft lessors. Hawaiian currently operates five A330-200s.

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Airbus says that Air Pacific ordered the three A330-200s both to renew and to grow its long-haul fleet. However, Air Pacific already operates three long-haul aircraft, so it appears possible the Fiji carrier could add to its Airbus widebody order over time.

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The additions include Delta Connect, a new in-flight portal that will be available exclusively to all customers using Wi-Fi on Delta aircraft; wireless movies and television on demand on Boeing 757-300s; and a more user-friendly design for Airbus A330 in-flight entertainment systems, which includes more content choices.

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International Airlines Group has confirmed a firm order for eight Airbus A330-300s for Iberia’s fleet following the preliminary memorandum of understanding the company signed earlier this year regarding the aircraft.

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The airline has chosen the latest 235-tonne maximum take-off weight variant of the Airbus A330-300. Garuda Indonesia has also converted a previous order for three A330-200s into A330-300s.

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Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corporation has grabbed headlines on the first day of the 2011 Paris Airshow by revealing orders and commitments for up to 110 commercial jets, including up to 50 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, 12 other Airbus airliners, up to 33 Boeing jetliners and 15 Embraer E-Jets.

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The latest purchase agreement increases the total number of A330s ordered by Korean Air to 30 aircraft, of which 23 – 16 A330-300s and seven A330-200s – have already been delivered.

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The airline will operate its SQ12/SQ11 round-trip service on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route with A380s from March 27. Singapore Airlines currently operates the route with Boeing 747-400s.

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company has signed a firm contract with Airbus for a total of 102 commercial jets, of which 66 are newly ordered aircraft.

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