Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) has expanded its international fleet with the acquisition of a new A330-200 twin-engine aircraft. The new aircraft will fly its long-haul routes, which includes London Heathrow, New York John F Kennedy and Johannesburg Oliver Tambo Airports.
The introduction of the Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the Arik Air fleet, is the first of its kind to be added to the airline, and will increase the current fleet to 24 aircraft, with a further 24 aircraft on order.
Arik Air is West and Central Africa’s largest airline, and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The airline operates a fleet of regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft including two Airbus A340-500 making the airline the first operator of this particular type of wide-bodied aircraft in Africa. The airline currently serves 20 destinations in Nigeria and flies to 11 international destinations including London Heathrow (UK) and New York JFK (USA). The airline operates a combined number of over 120 daily flights from its hubs, and has been Africa’s fastest growing airline for the last two years.
Video: Former Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A330-223 EI-EWH (msn 891, ex VT-VJL) roars into the sky from Dublin. The wide body airliner became 5N-JIC named “Joseph of the Holy Family” when it was delivered on July 9, 2013.
Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) is set to take delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 to be operated on its international route network.
Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Formerly operated by Kingfisher Airlines as VT-VJL, Airbus A330-223 EI-EWH (msn 891) is seen departing from Dublin after repainting. Leased from Pembroke, the wide body airliner will become 5N-JIC on delivery. The aircraft is named “Joseph of the Holy Family”.
Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-223 F-WJKJ (B-LNC) (msn 1031) ORY (Pepscl) (new type), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) has finalized a contract with Airbus for the firm order of 10 additonal A330-200 long range aircraft and converted an existing order for 15 A330s to the A350 XWBs. Both agreements were previously announced as an initial MOU during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2010.
Deliveries of the newly ordered A330-200s will begin in 2012, while the carrier’s first A350 XWB will arrive in 2018.
Copyright Photo: Pepscl. Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) acquired its first Airbus A330-200 (B-LND) on June 4, 2010. The pictured A330-223 F-WJKJ (msn 1031) at Paris (Orly) became B-LNC was it was accepted on June 21, 2010.
Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-223 N851NW (msn 609) NRT (Michael B. Ing), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add an eighth destination to its growing Africa route network on January 20, 2011 between the United States and Luanda, Angola. Flights will operate three times per week with 243-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft flying between Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Luanda with an intermediate stop in Dakar, Senegal.
Delta also is working with TAAG Angolan Airlines for TAAG to codeshare on the flights at a future date.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-223 N851NW (msn 609) prepares to land at Tokyo (Narita).
TAM Linhas Aereas’ (Sao Paulo) stockholders will inject another $81 million in equity into the company through the issuance of new stock according to this report by Reuters.
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Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Recently-delivered Airbus A330-223 PT-MVT (msn 1118) climbs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-223 F-WJKJ (msn 1031) ORY (Pepscl) (new type), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus to acquire 15 A350 XWBs and 10 additional A330-200s. Under the terms of the agreement, the airline is converting 15 existing A330 orders to A350 XWBs and placing an additional order for 10 A330-200s. The MOU was signed at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Deliveries of the additional A330-200s will begin in 2012, with the first A350 XWB arriving in 2018.
Copyright Photo: Pepscl. Airbus A330-223 F-WJKJ (msn 1031) is pictured being prepared for operations at Paris (Orly).
Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lago) on June 10 took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200.
Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) on June 4 took delivery of Airbus A330-223 B-LND (msn 1042), its first A330.
The company celebrated becoming a new Airbus operator with a ceremony in Hong Kong to mark the delivery of its first A330-200. Featuring the carrier’s new two class long haul cabin product, the aircraft will be used to launch services to Europe at the end of this month, initially flying non-stop to Moscow.
The A330-200 is the first of 53 aircraft ordered by the airline from Airbus, comprising 23 A330s and 30 single aisle A320s. In addition to direct orders with Airbus, the airline also plans to operate two A330-200F freighters under a separate lease agreement.
Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A330-223 HB-IQQ (msn 322) YUL, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) reported a lower third quarter operating profit of $46 million.
Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema.
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TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) in June 2009 introduced this new logojet in support of Brazilian football team.
Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore) is in discussions with Arik Air (Lagos) about the possible lease of two Airbus A330-200s.