China Airlines of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of fourteen ordered A330-300s, with the new aircraft being part of the carrier’s fleet renewal programme. The A330 order was placed in December 2002 and followed the introduction into service of the longer-range A340 sister in 2001. Deliveries of the new A330s will continue through until 2007. China Airlines’ A330s will be operated on the carrier’s regional network and will be configured with 36 Dynasty Supreme Class seats and 277 Economy seats. All aircraft will be powered by General Electric CF6 - 80E1 engines.
“The A330 brings us the ability to further maximise profit potential while offering passengers the highest standards of in-flight comfort available today,” said China Airlines’ President Philip Wei. “Significant commercial benefits will be derived by operating both the A330 and A340 in the fleet.”
“We are delighted that the A330 is joining the longer range A340 at China Airlines,” Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer No‘l Forgeard. “In the current challenging operating environment, airlines now have to focus more than ever on the right mix of routes and the selection of the right aircraft to serve these routes, the A330 is the ideal aircraft for China Airlines and will enable the airline to take advantage of the inherent commonality with the A340.”