XL Airways France expands its Airbus fleet following the delivery of its first brand new A330-300 from the manufacturer’s headquarters in Toulouse, France.
Operated under a leasing agreement with GECAS, the aircraft is powered by GE CF6-80E engines. XL Airways France will fly its new A330-300, configured in a single-class layout with 408 seats, to destinations in the French Caribbean starting in December 2012.
This brand new aircraft will join the Airbus fleet already operated by XL Airways France, comprising two A330-200s and one A320.
“The entry into service of our first A330-300 is a great day for XL Airways France and our passengers. With this brand new aircraft, we will open additional routes as part of the expansion of our business in the French Caribbean,” commented Laurent Magnin,” Chief Executive Officer XL Airways France. “This new Airbus aircraft will support our continued growth thanks to its superior fuel efficiency, capacity and range benefitting both our charter and scheduled flight operations.” he added.
“We are delighted to welcome XL Airways France as the latest operator of our best selling A330-300 aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Once again this delivery highlights the success of the A330 as the most popular aircraft in its class, offering the lowest operating costs, proven high reliability and a great in-flight experience.”
The A330 is one of the most widely-used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded over 1,200 orders for the various versions of the aircraft, with more than 900 delivered to 120 customers and operators worldwide. In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the A330 is also available in VIP and military transport / tanker variants.