Israeli Airline Arkia is about to purchase four A330-900neo airliners from Airbus. The commitment makes Arkia the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the type in the region, said Airbus on 18 February 2015.
The new A330-900neo aircraft join Arkia’s four A321neo aircraft ordered in 2012. With Airbus’ Cross Crew Qualification concept, pilots and engineers can transition from the single-aisle A320 Family, to the twin-aisle A330 quickly. Airlines can operate and maintain both types with the same pool of pilots and engineers.
Building on the huge success of the A330 Family, the A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. The neo version was launched during the Farnborough International Airshow in July last year.
Featured image: a computer generated impression of a ARKIA A330neo. (Image © Airbus)