TUI Travel PLC subsidiary Corsair has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus.
Corsair, which is based in the Paris industrial suburb of Rungis near Paris Orly Airport and operates under the name Corsair International, took delivery of its first new Airbus A330-300 at a ceremony in Toulouse on November 27 attended by Pascal de Izaguirre, the airline’s chairman and CEO.
Leisure airline Corsair International – which primarily operates from Paris Orly and which has recently adopted a new livery following a change of name from Corsairfly – already operates two Airbus A330-200s, as well as five Boeing 747-400 widebodies notable for being configured to carry up to 582 passengers.
Corsair International’s 747-400s may currently have the most passenger seats of any commercial aircraft in the world.
According to Airbus, Corsair’s new A330-300 is part of TUI’s commitment to invest in today’s greenest aircraft and to strengthen services from Paris to the French West Indies, Canada, West Africa and to Indian Ocean destinations .
The aircraft is the first of two A330-300s ordered in December 2010. It will enter commercial service by end of this month, according to Airbus.
“We are delighted with this decision by TUI Travel to buy Airbus A330 aircraft”, says de Izaguirre. “We already benefit from [the] excellent performance of A330-200s and these new A330s, with a track record of unmatched efficiency, reliability and low operating costs, will allow us to enforce our new strategy of operating the most eco-efficient and reliable aircraft for our network.”
“TUI Travel is pleased to be acquiring the A330-300 aircraft which, particularly with its recently enhanced capability, is clearly the ideal aircraft type to be introduced to the Corsair fleet to complement the existing A330-200 operations,” says Tom Chandler, director of aircraft acquisition and finance at TUI Travel PLC.
“Airbus has worked closely with Corsair and TUI Travel management to ensure the success of this renewal of the Corsair fleet and has been proactive in recognizing and addressing our requirements and developing the business relationship,” adds Chandler.
Corsair International was the second airline in two days to take delivery of its first A330-300. On November 26, Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways was in Toulouse to receive the first of two A330-300s on order.
The A330-300 has a range of up to 5,600 nautical miles (10,400 kilometers) with a typical 300-passenger load. The type is optimized for the medium-to-long-range market.
The Airbus A330 family, which spans 200 to 400 seats for the passenger variants and also includes Freighter, VIP, and military Multi-Role Transport/Tanker variants, has attracted orders for more than 1,200 aircraft.