Sunday, May 17, 2015
FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of two new A330-200's in February & April
Aerolineas Argentinas recently took delivery of the first two of an eventual four brand-new A330-202's to be delivered from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.
A330-202 LV-FVH, (c/n 1605) was delivered on 28Feb15 and LV-FVI (c/n 1623) was handed over to Aerolineas on 30Apr15. Both have 243 economy and 24 first-class seats and are powered by two General Electric CF6-80E1A4 engines rated at 70,000 lbs. thrust. These aircraft will be first used on routes that do not take the aircraft too far from airports that could be used for emergency landings, such as Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Miami (MIA) and New York Kennedy (JFK), but transatlantic flights to Europe requiring ETOPS (Extended- range Twin Operations) certification will have to wait until the airline is qualified to operate such services, which is expected to happen in July when the airline is scheduled to introduce the A330-202's on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Madrid (MAD) route.
The factory-new A330-202's join four A330-223's already in Aerolineas' fleet that are owned by the ILFC leasing company, two of which were originally delivered to SABENA in 1999 with the other two having been delivered to Air Afrique in 2000.