Jet Airways, the India based International carrier took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 aircraft purchased directly from Airbus, at a ceremony on Friday April 27th, 2007 held at the Toulouse delivery centre.
The aircraft an A330-200 was formally handed over to Naresh Goyal, Chairman Jet Airways in a ceremony attended by John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers and other top company executives. Jet Airways ordered a total of 10 Airbus A330-200s in October 2005.
"Introducing the A330 into our existing fleet will be relatively seamless as we already operate the A340 and two leased A330s which share a common cockpit," said Naresh Goyal, Jet Airways Chairman. "We chose the A330 because it fits in with our long term strategy to operate efficient aircraft that best fit the mission laid down and to provide our customers with the most modern and comfortable fleet around," he added.
The airline already operates the A340s and the A330s between India and the United Kingdom and plans to use the A330s on a mix of regional and long-haul international flights.
"With the worlds fastest passenger growth in the near term in India, we are delighted to be a part of these exciting times through our partnership with Jet Airways. The A330 is not only a fantastically efficient aircraft operationally, it offers leading standards of passenger comfort," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customer.
With over 1080 orders and a backlog of over 280 aircraft, the A330/A340 Family has become the industry standard in the 250 to 375 seat category. In airline evaluations the A330/A340 Family invariably wins favour for operational efficiency and passenger comfort.
All A330 and A340 family aircraft benefit from Airbus' unique cockpit and operational commonality. The aircraft share the same cockpit philosophy which helps shorten training times for flight crews transitioning from one Airbus aircraft to another, as well as providing streamlined maintenance procedures and reduced spare parts holdings.
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