Airlines Aigle Azur orders two Airbus A330 for long-haul operations

French airline Aigle Azur has announced to start long-haul operations in 2018. Today, the airline ordered two Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

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The long-haul flights will start during the first half of 2018. Both A330-200 aircraft will feature three booking classes: Economy, Economy+ and a Business class. Which routes will be served is yet to be determined. In 2014, the airline already showed interest in buying two Airbus A330.

The order represents a big impulse on the development of the company, as president Frantz Yvelin stated: “The envisaged arrival of these two Airbus A330s is another concrete step in the development of your 71-year young company. Therefore, the launch of long-haul operations will open new horizons for the company, while strengthening our leading position in France and Algeria, Portugal, Mali Senegal, Lebanon and Germany.”

Both A330 will be powered by Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines. When delivered, the fleet of Aigle Azur will consist of 12 Airbus aircraft. Along with the two A330s, one A319 and nine A320 will operate approximately 40 routes.

Aigle Azur is a French carrier and was founded in 1946. In 2016, the airline celebrated its 70 years of existence. Aigle Azur is a joint venture between HNA Group, David Neeleman and the French company Lu Azur S.A. Per year, the airline transports over 2 million passengers per year. Bases are in Lyon, Marseilles and Paris.

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