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Corsair poised to become a premium service provider

Corsair accelerates its fleet renewal plans. The two Airbus A330-200 will leave the airline on January 2020, ahead of the schedule.

Besides A330-200s, the last three Boeing 747-400 will also be removed from the carrier's fleet by April 2021 with the arrival of three Airbus A330neo aircraft currently on order.

Corsair's Airbus A330-900s will join the operator's fleet between August 2020 and May 2021.

The previous deadline for the 747 phase-out was 2023.

When the last 747 jumbojet leaves the airline's fleet, the French carrier will become an all-Airbus A330 operator.

German Intro Aviation, the new owner of the French operator, wants to expand the company's international network and make it an alternative for all customer segments, including business travelers.

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Corsair Boeing 747-400

In the new cabins, the first 20 seats will be assigned to the Business Class. 21 seats will be designated to the Premium Economy cabin and the remaining 311 seats will serve as Economy seats.

Besides new long-haul destinations, Intro aviation also aims to increase flight frequencies on its existing routes. To this end, Corsair will add two more Airbus A330-300 when the remaining Boeing 747s are gone.

In the summer of 2021, the company will be operating five Airbus A330-300 and five Airbus A330-900 aircraft. Corsair aims to grow its fleet to 13 A330 by 2023.

Intro Aviation took over the majority stake (57%) of the French Airline after long negotiations with TUI Group this year in March. The 27% stayed with the Anglo-German travel group and 20% with Corsair employees.

The entry of Intro Group has been followed by a restructuring of the airline's business model. The company positions itself as a mix of leisure and premium carrier.