Azul Signs Firm Order for Three Airbus A330-900s
Azul Linhas Aéreas has signed a firm order for three Airbus A330-900s, which will facilitate the expansion of their international network. The new aircraft will expand the carrier’s A330neo fleet to eight.
On Wednesday (November 16, 2022), Airbus announced that Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aéreas has signed a firm order for three Airbus A330-900s, expanding their fleet to eight A330neos. Azul also operates previous generation A330 aircraft. The new aircraft will allow the carrier to further expand their international network. A member of Airbus’ leading Widebody Family, the A330neo offers lower operating costs and a reduced environmental footprint by combining advanced A350 technologies with highly efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The aircraft features the Airspace cabin which delivers an unmatched customer experience with a redesigned welcome area, enhanced mood lighting and larger overhead bins, as well as new window and lavatory designs.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Christian Scherer, said,
“We applaud Azul’s decision that shows their forward looking strategy and proves the economics and performance of the A330neo are most compelling. The A330neo is the perfect tool to support Azul in expanding its fleet with the right-sized, modern widebody, leveraging the latest technology and efficiency and contributing to reducing CO2.”
Also commenting on the A330neo order, Azul’s Chief Executive Officer, John Rodgerson, said,
“We are delighted to have secured three more next-gen Airbus widebody aircraft for the upcoming years. This reaffirms our position as the airline with the most modern fleet in the region, with 70 percent of our capacity coming from fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft.”
Azul Linhas Aéreas launched operations in 2008, and currently serves over 150 domestic destinations in Brazil, and also offers direct service to international destinations in South America, the U.S., and Europe. Azul took delivery of their first A330neo in in 2019 and currently operates 12 A330 Family aircraft, including eight A330neos.
Airbus has sold over 1,150 aircraft in Latin America and the Caribbean and has a backlog of over 500, with more than 700 currently in operation, around 60 percent of the market share of in-service aircraft. Since 1994, Airbus has secured approximately 70 percent of the net orders in the region.