AviancaTaca took delivery of its 100th aircraft from Airbus on September 17 in Toulouse, when Avianca accepted its ninth new A330-200 from the manufacturer.

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Istanbul-based cargo carrier MNG Airlines has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A330-200Fs on order. MNG already operates a fleet of seven Airbus A300 freighters and by moving up to the larger and more capable Airbus A330-200 Freighter will be able to expand its network and services.

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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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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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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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For the project, ST Aerospace will lead A330P2F engineering development, working with Airbus and EADS EFW. EADS EFW will subsequently be responsible as program lead during the industrial phase, and will undertake most of the conversions at its facilities in Dresden in Germany.

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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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Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of two additional A380s, four A320s and one A330-300.

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AviancaTaca Holdings unit Avianca has signed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200 Freighters, which will be operated by Avianca subsidiary Tampa Cargo.

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MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has become a new operator of the Airbus A330-200F, following delivery of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline.

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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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Under the terms of the agreement the aircraft will be delivered new from Airbus’ production line between 2013 and 2015. They will be operated by Singapore Airlines on routes within Asia, as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East.

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Saudi Arabian Airlines has ordered four additional A330-300s to add to eight which the airline ordered in July 2008, taking its total order for the type to 12.

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Europe’s TUI Travel PLC has become a new direct customer for Airbus, with an order for two A330-300s that will be operated by its Paris Orly-based subsidiary Corsairfly.

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