Airbus has moved to improve the A330-300 and A330-200 by offering a 242-metric-tonne maximum take-off weight capability for both models and, for the larger A330-300, an increased fuel-capacity option.

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TUI Travel PLC subsidiary Corsair has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus.

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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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Canadian holiday travel airline Air Transat is marking on November 14 the 25th anniversary of its inaugural flight. On November 14, 1987, an Air Transat Lockheed L-1011 TriStar with 360 passengers aboard took off from Montreal for Acapulco.

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Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, has taken delivery of another new A330-300, which will become the 100th Airbus aircraft to enter service with the airline.

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Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 A330-300s, the carrier’s seventh order for the A330 family and its 20th Airbus order overall. The 15 new Airbus A330-300 widebodies will be operated on medium- and long-haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport.

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Delta Air Lines is increasing its presence at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport next summer with new year-round and seasonal service from 11 destinations in the United States. Delta will also add an extra seasonal flight between New York JFK and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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The latest purchase agreement follows a firm order from Philippine Airlines in August for 44 single aisle A321s and 10 A330-300s under the carrier’s fleet modernization program. For its latest order the carrier has selected the 240-tonne high-gross weight version of the Airbus A330-300.

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Under the agreement, Lake Forest, California-based Panasonic Avionics will supply IFEC systems for 20 Airbus A350-900 widebodies due for delivery from 2014, as well as for 15 more Airbus A330-300s and eight more Boeing 777-300ERs, deliveries of which are due to begin next year.

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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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The Airbus A330-300 widebodies – which appear to be used aircraft – are scheduled for delivery to AirAsia X in 2013 and 2014.

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Airberlin is launching non-stop service between Chicago and Berlin on March 23, making it the first airline ever to provide a connection between the major U.S. metropolis and the capital of Germany.

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The July 11 deal includes a previously undisclosed order for five A330s and a new agreement for five additional A330s, representing the first commitment for the newly launched, longer-range A330 which Airbus announced on July 9 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012.

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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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Scandinavian Airlines is expanding its network to North America by launching non-stop service between Copenhagen and San Francisco on Monday, April 8, 2013. Additionally, from a week earlier, SAS is adding another three flights a week on its existing Newark-Copenhagen route.

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Already rated by the Carbon Disclosure Project as the world’s top airline for sustainability practices and open-disclosure reporting, Finnair is intensifying its sustainability efforts. The intensified focus comes as Finnair increasingly brands itself an “ecosmart” airline.

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According to Finnair, the new route is a logical next step in the carrier’s strategy of offering the shortest connections between Asia and Europe via Helsinki. Finnair says it is the first carrier to open a direct flight route between Europe and Chongqing.

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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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The order is the third to be placed by Garuda Indonesia for the Airbus A330 family since July 2010, with the carrier now having a total of 21 aircraft on firm order for future delivery. Garuda Indonesia currently operates eight A330-200s and six A330-300s.

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