Scandinavian Airlines is the first European airline to receive the new A330-300 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant, Airbus reported on Monday 21 September. The aircraft was delivered to the airline during a ceremony held at Airbus in Toulouse, France. SAS has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its new A330-300.
Launched in 2012, the increased take-off weight A330-300 incorporates a new aerodynamic package, engine improvements and an optional centre fuel tank. These upgrades allow for an extended range of up to 6,100 nautical miles while offering up to 2 percent less fuel burn. Delta Airlines earlier in 2015 was the first airline to use the longer range aircraft.
“As first European operator of the 242-tonne A330-300, we look forward to seeing SAS enjoy the additional benefits delivered by this innovative aircraft’ said Christopher Buckley, Executive Vice President, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. “This longer-range A330 will fit seamlessly into SAS’s current fleet alongside their current A330s, and will pave the way for their A350s in the future. The A330s higher take-off weight allows the airline to fly new Asian routes, with an operational reliability of well over 99 percent. SAS’s passengers will be able to experience the best-in-class cabin comfort that only Airbus offers.”
Scandinavian Airlines currently operates 25 A320 family aircraft, plus four A330-300s and eight A340s. In addition, 30 A320neos are still to be delivered to SAS, along with another three A330-300s and eight A350-900 ordered in 2013.
Featured image (top): The shiny new SAS aircraft. (Image © Airbus)