Paris - The French carrier Aigle Azur deploys the first of two Airbus A330-200 expected between Paris, Bamako (Mali), and Porto. The launch of flights to Beijing and Sao Paulo is not officially confirmed yet.

The A330-200 registered F-HTAC and christened Arezki I. (named after the former CEO), was officially delivered to the French company. The aircraft is configured to accommodate 18 passengers in Business class and 268 in Economy. Since April 28, it has been deployed between Paris-Orly and the airports Porto-Francisco Sa Carneiro and Bamako-Modibo Keita.

The next A330 destinations should include Algerian Airports Oran Tafaraoui Airport in May and Algiers in late June.

In May, a second A330-200 registered F-HTIC and christened Sylvain F. (the founder) will join the fleet. The planes were leased from AerCap and previously used by the bankrupt German operator Air Berlin.

Aigle Azur operates nine A320 and an A319. The new A330-200s will allow the company to launch its first long-haul operations to China and Brazil. The reservations for the two new long-haul routes are not open online yet, but ch-aviation mentions three weekly rotations to Beijing from June 21st and to Sao Paulo from July 5th.