Corsair Takes Delivery of Fourth Airbus A330neo, Which Will Serve the Indian Ocean Region
Corsair has taken delivery of their fourth Airbus A330-900, registration F-HKYS. The aircraft will mainly operate in the Indian Ocean region. The carrier received their first three A330neos between March and June of 2021.
On Tuesday (November 23, 2021), Corsair announced the delivery of their fourth Airbus A330-900 (registration F-HKYS), having received the first three on March 31st, May 12th and June 29, 2021. The carrier’s fifth A330neo is scheduled to be delivered in April 2022. The new aircraft received on Tuesday will mainly be deployed in the Indian Ocean region. The new aircraft’s inaugural flight took place on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, with service to Reunion Island. Corsair’s new A330neo is configured in a 352-seat three class layout with 20 Business Class, 21 Premium and 311 Economy Class seats, including 33 Economy+ seats. The aircraft also features the Airbus ‘Airspace’ cabin with full Wi-Fi and a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment (IFE) system.
In Tuesday’s delivery announcement, Corsair’s CEO, Pascal de Izaguirre, said,
“The first phase of fleet renewal Corsair is almost complete, with the reception of this fourth A330neo aircraft ordered out of five. All the inhabitants of the Indian Ocean [region], and in particular the Reunionese, but also the tourist and business customers, will be able to travel on these latest generation planes, more respectful of the environment, and equipped with ultra-modern cabins for maximum comfort. In April 2022, with the delivery of the fifth neo, Corsair will have a fleet of more than 50% new generation aircraft, [delivering] outstanding performance for a more responsible airline.”
The new A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest generation Trent 7000 engines, and Corsair was the first airline to operate the aircraft with an increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 251 tons. The increased capability allows Corsair to fly long-haul routes up to 13,400 kilometers (7,200 nautical miles) or benefit from an additional ten tons of cargo capacity. The A330neo is the new generation successor to the popular Airbus A330ceo Family of widebody aircraft. In addition to the new engine option, the aircraft features new wings and winglets, which offer a combined reduction of 25 percent in fuel burn and emissions, as well as a 60 percent noise footprint reduction (six decibels in the cabin).