Taiwan-listed airline TransAsia Airways has officially taken delivery of its first A330-300 aircraft from Airbus, with the new has landing in Taipei.
The delivery marks the beginning of TransAsia Airway’s fleet enhancement plan; from 2013 to 2022, the airline will receive a further 31 new aircraft, which includes its second A330-300, six A321-200, twelve A321-neo, and twelve ATR-600 - three of which are optional.
“The delivery of A330 is another milestone for TransAsia Airway’s,” said Vincent Lin, chairman of TransAsia Airways.
“Together with the second A330-300, which is expected to be in operation early next year, we will see an annual growth of 40 per cent in passenger capacity on international routes.”
“As our first wide-body jet, A330-300 aircraft will facilitate new destination expansion and enhance our competitiveness among peers.
“In addition, its advanced technology and enhanced interior layout will ensure a better and more comfortable flight experience for our passengers.”
The stretched-fuselage A330-300 matches twin-engine efficiency with increased passenger capacity.
This jetliner has a range of up to 5,450 nautical miles while carrying 300 passengers in a typical two-cabin arrangement seating 32 in business class at a 60-inch seat pitch and 268 in economy class at 32-inch seat pitch.
All seats are equipped with individual in-flight entertainment system.