Air Caraïbes today signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of two A330-300s. Following the success of Air Caraïbes on its transatlantic routes, the airline has decided
to replace its current A330-200s by the larger capacity A330-300s. These aircraft will be delivered in November 2007 and June 2008.The new A330-300s will be fitted with 372 seats in a comfortable two-class lay-out providing an additional capacity of 48 seats and featuring the latest standards in In-flight entertainment in all cabins. The engine choice has not yet been defined. Air Caraïbes serves inter-Caribbean routes between 13 islands, as well as Belem in Brazil. Since end 2003 Air Caraïbes also operates transatlantic routes to Paris from Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France. President of Air Caraïbes, Jean-Paul Dubreuil declared : ?Since the entry into service of the A330-200s on our transatlantic routes to Paris, we have seen a constant increase in our traffic. The larger A330-300 is the perfect answer to our needs in terms of capacity, economics whilst offering the highest standards of comfort to our passengers.? ?We are very pleased with this proof of confidence of Air Caraïbes?, said Noël Forgeard, President and CEO of Airbus, ?The switch to the larger A330-300s is the perfect example of the high level of flexibility and commonality of the Airbus product family.? The A330 is part of the market leading Airbus A330/A340 family that has booked more than 900 orders from more than 85 customers and operators worldwide. A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the US, China and Japan. Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE Systems.