Monday, August 3, 2009

1,000th A330 Delivered

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FRANCE – Airbus has delivered the 1000th aircraft from its A330/A340 family. The aircraft, an A330-300, was handed over to Thai Airways International (THAI) at a special ceremony in Toulouse on Thursday. In attendance were Air Chief Marshal Narongsak Sangapong, Acting President of THAI, plus representatives from the engine manufacturers and major equipment suppliers.

Speaking at the ceremony, Tom Williams, Airbus Executive Vice President (Programmes), said: “When the A330/A340 family first entered service in 1993 it set a new standard in the mid-size widebody market. Today, the product line remains the benchmark for in-service aircraft in this category, offering airlines a proven range of models optimised for medium, long and very long haul operations.”

Since the first aircraft from the A330/A340 series was delivered in 1993, the product line has become the most successful mid-size widebody programme ever, with 1,406 firm orders from 103 customers worldwide.

Today, aircraft of this type are flying with 100 operators worldwide and the world fleet has accumulated more than 27 million flight hours in over 5 million revenue flights. A new freighter version of the A330 is currently under development and will enter service in 2010.