Toulouse, France - Azul Linhas Aéreas has received its first Airbus A330-900 out of five. The aircraft registered PR-ANZ took off from Toulouse on May 11 and arrived in Belo Horizonte Airport in Brazil the same day.
With this delivery, Azul became the first A330neo operator in South America.
“We are very proud to be the first A330neo operator in the Americas. This new aircraft will play a key role in the expansion of our international markets supporting our strategy of having a modern and fuel-efficient fleet”, said Azul’s chief executive John Rodgerson.
The Brazilian carrier will deploy its A330-900 on routes from Viracopos (near Sao Paulo) to Florida and Portugal. The aircraft is configured to accommodate 298 passengers in total - 34 in Business Class, 96 in Economy Xtra (with more legroom) and 168 in the regular Economy Class.
The airline is also operating seven Airbus A330s from the previous generation (-200 variant) for some time, the only widebody aircraft type in the fleet.
In addition to the four Airbus A330neo, The Brazilian airline has 43 A320neo and ten A321neo in its order book with the European aircraft manufacturer.
Airbus has a backlog of nearly 600 aircraft orders from its Latin American customers and nearly 700 aircraft in service with the airline operators in the region representing a market share of 56 percent.