Paris - Aigle Azur has ordered two Airbus A330-200s that will allow the company to launch its first long-haul routes by mid-2018.

No destination is mentioned, the announcement for the new long-haul routes is expected early next year.

On December 12, the French carrier announced that the two A330-200s ordered will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines and configured in three classes with perfectly flat bed seats in Business class. No details on the distribution of seats in the cabins, but all passengers in all classes will benefit an on-demand personal entertainment system of the latest generation.

This order, thus gives a major boost to the growth efforts of the company initiated several months ago by Frantz Yvelin, the president of Aigle Azur. Mr. Yvelin says that it is an unprecedented strategic shift for the company.

Since my arrival, we have worked with all the Aigle Azur teams, whom I thank, for the development of a new ambitious strategic plan. Everyone is involved, and I am as proud as I am very happy. The arrival of the two Airbus A330s is thus another concrete step in the development of our "young" company,
he said.

The company will see the upcoming implementation of long-haul operations, opening new horizons while continuing its leadership position between France and Algeria, Portugal, Mali, Senegal, Lebanon, and Germany,
he also added.

Founded in 1946, Aigle Azur is the second largest French airline. It has a rich history and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. Aigle Azur transports each year, nearly 2 million passengers, with nearly 300 regular flights offered each week from its bases in Lyon, Marseille, and Paris.