Showing posts with label A330-200. Show all posts
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21 September, 2023

Air Lease Corporation leases an Airbus A330-200 jet to HiSky

Aircraft leasing giant,  Air Lease Corporation has confirmed the long-term lease of one Airbus A330-200 aircraft to HiSky.  ALC is scheduled to deliver the plane to the European carrier in 2023, and this A330-200 aircraft joins one A319-100, four A320-200s and two A321-200neo LR aircraft currently on lease to HiSky from ALC.

"We are pleased to continue our support of HiSky Europe with the lease of this first widebody aircraft to the airline,” said David Beker, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Head of Aircraft Sales & Trading at Air Lease Corporation. “After two and a half years of steady and successful growth with their all-ALC narrowbody fleet, HiSky came to us ready to launch widebody operations and ALC is delighted to provide high-quality aircraft that will enable the carrier to realize their commercial objectives."

"Over the past two years, we've experienced consistent growth that has brought us to this pivotal moment—the moment when we are prepared to acquire our first widebody aircraft. We've now become the fourth-largest air carrier at Romania's primary airport and the largest operator of Airbus aircraft registered in Romania. Our partnership with ALC has undeniably proven to be a successful one. The aircraft they have provided us have been instrumental in helping HiSky achieve record-breaking passenger levels during this summer season. Having accomplished all the goals we set for ourselves over the years, we're profoundly grateful for the trust and support of our partners as we embark on this exciting new venture,” said Iulian Scorpan, CEO of HiSky.

The wide-body, Airbus A330-200 has a flight range of over 13,400 km, will be the first of its type registered in Romania. HiSky thus becomes the only Romanian airline operating regular long courier flights, after more than 20 years. Through this strategic acquisition, the company enters the select gallery of top operators, which carry out direct flights from any point in Europe to the American continent as well as to distant destinations in Asia, such as China or Thailand. The announcement of the company's capabilities expansion with a wide-body aircraft comes just six months after another first was brought by HiSky to the Romanian market, the introduction of two, brand new, A321 neo aircraft into operation. The first HiSky flight with the Airbus A330 will be operated by the end of 2023.

The addition of an aircraft with a flight autonomy exceeding 14 hours to HiSky's fleet will eliminate the need for stopovers at major European airports on flights departing from Romania to distant destinations, thus providing more flexibility and freedom in travel options.

HiSky is recruiting pilots and flight attendants

HiSky, one of the main airline operators on the Romanian market, announces the launch of an extensive recruitment process for flight crew. The airline is opening several positions for pilots and flight attendants, who will join the company's team, in the operational base in Bucharest. As part of the campaign, this month, HiSky representatives will organize events in several cities of the country. Thus, applicants will be able to attend interviews in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timiศ™oara, Oradea, Baia Mare and Iaศ™i.

The element of novelty that this recruitment campaign brings is represented by the level of experience requested. Thus, in addition to the experienced certified pilots, which the company is looking for, HiSky maintains its promise to invest in the professional training and training of novice pilots. Aviation school graduates without a significant number of flight hours, with or without a type rating, are expected to apply for a position that will provide them with the training they need in order to advance their career.

"We are a young company, and from the beginning we wanted to do more than just occupy a place in the market. We want bring our own contribution, and in terms of the job market in this very specialized field, we have chosen to give a chance to talented and passionate pilots, but who are still at the beginning of this road. It is an investment we are willing to make, to be part of the solution. One of the reasons why there is such a shortage of staff is precisely this, very few airlines allocate the necessary resources to train staff. There are hundreds of young people who, with great financial sacrifices, obtain their pilot's license only to later not find a job. We have already been applying this strategy with great success for several years. Most of the best co-pilots we have today, came to us with very few hours of experience, but with a lot of talent and the desire to build. We are already recognized in the market as having some of the best pilots and the fact that they were trained by us makes us even more proud. The main criterion for a pilot to join our team is professionalism, so I hope to meet professionals at any career level at the interviews," said Iulian Scorpan, CEO of HiSky.

The investment in staff training is assumed by the company for flight attendants also. Thus, anyone who wants to start a career in the field is invited to the interview, even if they haven’t held such positions before or have not attended training courses. After completing the recruitment process, the company will provide the selected candidates, free of charge, with all the necessary training and instruction courses, which will be carried out in an accredited European aviation school.

The first step for those looking to become a HiSky pilot or flight attendant is to submit a CV to Selected candidates will be contacted by company representatives to schedule an interview.

10 March, 2023

Latest addition to Hi-Fly fleet

The wet-leasing specialist airline Hi-Fly has released more details of the latest aircraft to join its fleet, an Airbus A330-200, with the registration 9H-HFG.

This aircraft seats 268 passengers in a three-class configuration - 18 high-comfort business class seats with flat beds, 36 Premium Economy with extra space and 214 Economy.

The A330 is the most modern and reliable family of aircraft in the sky, providing a quality solution for every route, with an operational efficiency of 99.4%. Is an efficient, modern, state-of-the-art aircraft inside and out, offers comfort to passengers and is a smart choice for customers.

07 February, 2023

Qantas shows off new pride livery......

Sashaying to a runway near you is the new Pride is in the Air livery adorning an Airbus A330-200 of Qantas, the Australian flag carrier. The aircraft,  registration VH-EBL will be deployed across both domestic and international flights to help the airline celebrate Pride.

Qantas is a long-time partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before as part of Sydney WorldPride 2023.


18 May, 2022

Condor's A330-200 takes off on long-haul routes

Condor's A330-200 takes off on long-haul routes.....

This week the Condor A330-200 with the registration D-AIYC took off on its first long-haul flight. The aircraft took off around 3.15 p.m. from Frankfurt Airport to North America. From now on, Germany's most popular holiday carrier will operate three A330-200 aircraft on long-haul flights to Seattle, Toronto and Punta Cana, which are expected to be in service with Condor for two years before being replaced by the A330neo. The aircraft, identified as D-AIYB, D-AIYC and D-AIYD, will also be deployed to Palma de Mallorca.

Unlike the cabin of the new A330neo, which will operate in a three-class configuration, guests aboard the A330-200 can expect a two-class configuration. The 22 Business Class seats offer comfortable seats that can be converted into a full lie-flat area via a control panel. In Economy Class, each of the 240 seats has a monitor as well as a USB port and a power socket, so that guests can also charge their mobile devices on board at any time. Inflight entertainment will also be available onboard from June. Until then, all guests can alternatively stream free of charge via the Condor FlyStream WLAN in-flight entertainment programme. Guests who wish to enjoy in-flight entertainment during their flight in May are therefore advised to take a mobile device for streaming on board.

Last summer, Condor announced the order of 16 long-haul A330-900neo aircraft and, as the German launch customer, will thus in future be relying on state-of-the-art technology, maximum efficiency and the highest level of customer comfort. The first aircraft is expected in October 2022, followed by the successive replacement of the entire long-haul fleet consisting of Boeing B767s until mid-2024.


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08 April, 2022

Airbus A330-200 for new UK Sentra Airlines

This week Air Lease Corporation confirmed it will lease a used Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the new UK based start-up airline, focused on niche point-to-point scheduled destinations, Sentra Airways.

This used plane will be the first for the new airline and is scheduled to delivered this summer to the Bradford based airline. The first destination for Sentra is scheduled to be Accra, Ghana, from Manchester, which it hopes to start before the end of the year. More routes will then follow including further African destinations and the USA. The startup is trying to position itself as an "Airline of Choice" for the operational routes served, future alliances,  “Sentra Airways, Your Best Value Airline.”        
“Sentra Airways is delighted to have finally reached this significant milestone,” said Ishmael Musah, Chairman and Accountable Manager of Sentra Airways. Bruce Fenton, Executive Director of Sentra Airways also commented: “We would like to express our thanks to ALC for being our lease partner for the first Sentra Airways A330-200. We look forward to further collaborations with ALC and completing the regulatory approvals to gain our UK AOC certification later this year.” 
“ALC is pleased to announce this lease placement for one A330-200 with Sentra Airways,” said Lauren Kervick, Assistant Vice President of Marketing of Air Lease Corporation.  “Sentra has an exciting growth and business plan operating from the UK to West Africa, and we look forward to growing our relationship over the coming years.”


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07 March, 2022

Air Mauritius has sold one A330-200 widebody aircraft.....

Air Mauritius has sold one A330-200 widebody aircraft to MonoCoque Diversified Interests LLC ("MDI"), which has assigned the title and interest of the aircraft to Aquila Air Capital (Ireland) DAC ("Aquila Air Capital"). The Airbus A330-200 was delivered in Marana, Arizona in November 2021.

"The sale of the A330-200 aircraft is part of the Air Mauritius' restructuring plan," stated Indradev Buton, Officer in Charge, Air Mauritius.

"MDI will manage the aircraft for Aquila Air Capital and is excited to add the A330-200 to our managed passenger portfolio. We look forward to seeing the twelve-year-old aircraft back in the sky soon," adds MDI's Manager Mary Alice Keyes.

"We are pleased to work with MDI to take over the title of this aircraft and add it to our growing aircraft and engine lease portfolio," said Al Wood, Aquila Air Capital CEO.

The General Electric powered aircraft, formerly registered 3B-NBL, will begin maintenance and preparations for its return to the skies in early 2022.

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19 October, 2021

VAH Leases Two Airbus A330-200 Aircraft to Italy’s New Airline, ITA

Voyager Aviation Holdings announced that it has closed a transaction with Italy’s new national airline and flag carrier, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), for the lease of two Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft are part of ITA’s initial fleet that commenced operations on October 15, 2021.

“We are excited to be a part of this next chapter of Italy’s airline industry through this lease agreement with ITA,” said Mike Lungariello, President and CEO of VAH. “We wish the best of luck to ITA, its global Employees, and its Management team as they move forward.”

Andrew Jones, Chief Commercial Officer, added: “Like VAH, ITA has ambitious growth plans. We will continue to work with the airline to build our relationship with them as they grow their fleet and look forward to the prospect of broadening our cooperation with them in the future. This agreement is only the latest exciting new partnership for our business and is demonstrative of the demand for aircraft such as the A330-200 that we deliver to our customers around the globe.”

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23 January, 2021

Turkmenistan Airlines becomes a new Airbus customer with an order for two A330-200 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) converted aircraft

Turkmenistan Airlines has placed an order for two A330-200 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. The order marks the first time an Airbus aircraft is sold in Turkmenistan. The A330-200P2F will enable the airline to further develop and boost its international cargo route network. The deliveries of the aircraft are planned in 2022, making Turkmenistan Airlines the first operator of this type in Central Asia.

02 April, 2020

Airbus secures new face mask supplies to support Europe’s fight against COVID-19

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Airbus has deployed a new air-bridge flight between Europe and China to deliver additional face mask supplies to France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom health systems in support of the COVID-19 crisis efforts.

The aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 undergoing conversion as Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), took off on 26 March at 19.15 local time (CET) from Airbus’ Getafe site near Madrid (Spain) reaching the Airbus site in Tianjin (China) on 27 March. The aircraft, operated by an Airbus crew, returned to Spain on 28 March at 04.05 local time (CET) with a cargo of more than 4 million face masks.

In recent days, Airbus had already organised flights from Europe and China with A330-800 and A400M aircraft to donate thousands of face masks to hospitals and public services around Europe.

The picture shows the A330MRTT departing Airbus’ Getafe site on 26 March.

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13 April, 2019

Tibet Airlines starts service to Finland

The rainbow colours of Tibet Airlines will now be seen in the skies of Europe as the carrier launches its first flight to Finland.

The new services started on the 8th April, with a weekly service every Monday from Jinan (TNA) to Helsinki (HEL).  From 9th May, a second weekly flight will make the 6,627-kilometre journey, this time on Thursdays.  The airline will operate the route with its Airbus A330-200s and becomes the first Chinese airline to bridge the two countries. 

"Tibet Airlines is looking forward to maintaining a mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation concept with Finavia and Helsinki Airport, plus carry out a more extensive and in-depth comprehensive cooperation in the future,” said Bai Weisan, President, Tibet Airlines. 

“Tibet Airlines is the first Chinese airline commencing flights to Finland and we see prosperous business opportunities for Chinese and Finnish businesses and unforeseen experiences for the Chinese and Finnish travellers,” added Kimmo Mรคki, CEO, Finavia. 

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10 April, 2019

Air Italy inaugurates Milan to San Francisco route

 Air Italy starts 
Milan - San Francisco

Air Italy started its first non-stop flight to San Francisco, taking off from Milan Malpensa at 1.35 pm, adding a fourth direct service to the United States, following last week’s launch of Milan–Los Angeles and the launch last year of Milan-New York JFK and Milan-Miami.

Air Italy's Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov inaugurated the new four times weekly Milan-San Francisco IG937 service with a traditional cake and ribbon cutting ceremony and warm thanks to SEA Aeroporti di Milano officials, departing passengers and the media before the takeoff was marked with a celebratory water cannon.

Mr Dimitrov, said: “We are proud to be here for the second time in just eight days to launch our fourth new direct route to the United States and our second to California. It is a great pleasure to add San Francisco to our network as it is sure to be a success with both our leisure and business travellers.

San Francisco becomes 4th US destination served
 and 2nd in California

25 March, 2019

Wamos Air receives the first of two Airbus A330-200s from CDB Aviation.

The Irish aircraft leasing subsidiary of  China Development Bank Financial Leasing,  CDB Aviation, has confirmed today the delivery of the first of two Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the Spanish airline Wamos Air. 

“We look forward to our collaboration with our new European customer Wamos Air in expanding their fleet to meet the growing demand for wet lease operations,” said CDB Aviation President & Chief Commercial Officer Patrick C. Hannigan. “Over the recent years, airline seat volumes between Europe and Central America have grown faster than any market to Latin America from Europe charter/leisure airlines, and Wamos Air is at the center of meeting growth demand in this segment.”

“We are very pleased with this new agreement with CDB Aviation and the addition of another two Airbus A330-200 aircraft to our current fleet, starting with this first delivery. These two units will be fully reconfigured very soon into new cabins, allowing us to offer a great product to our clients,” said Wamos Air Chief Executive Officer Enrique Saiz. “We look forward to exploring new leasing opportunities with CDB Aviation that will lead us to consolidate our Airbus A330-200 fleet.”

The second A330-200 aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in June 2019.


09 December, 2018

Air Italy to start flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco

Air Italy has announced that it plans to introduce flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from Milan in April next year.

The airline has decided to operate from Milan to these two new key destinations to further enhances its North American route network, by double. The carrier will start the service to Los Angeles from April 3rd while the San Francisco operation will be scheduled from April 10th.
Rossen Dimitrov, Air Italy's Chief Operating Officer stated: "With the launch of these two new exciting gateways in California, our network will be expanding significantly, providing even more fantastic options for our equally rapidly expanding customer base. overall product, service and network will be significantly enhanced providing even more choice and quality for our customers."

09 August, 2018

Air Italy extend Miami service.

The Italian airline half owned by Qatar Airways, Air Italy has announced it is extending its recently launched service between Milan and Miami. The scheduled service will now complete the entire forthcoming winter season. 

The airline only launched the route on the 8th of June and demand has proved to be strong, Neil Mills, Air Italy Chief Operating Officer said, "Thanks to a great response from our customers and increasing demand, we are opening up our winter inventory for our Milan-Miami flight, as we are already running at a load factor of over 80%. This expansion is a testament to our business plan and product offering, and is simply a response to the great support which we have been receiving from our customers,"