TransAsia receives first A330 aircraft

18 Dec 2012

TransAsia Airways has officially taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which will be deployed on select routes from January next year.

The new A330 will be used on the Taipei-Singapore route from January 2, 2013, onwards. Once the carrier receives its second A330 aircraft in January next year, it will be deployed on services to Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa and Kushiro on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, and other Japanese destinations such as Okinawa and Osaka as well. Eventually, the carrier will also use the aircraft on flights to Tokyo Narita in May 2013 once the carrier can confirm slots at the airport, states a spokesperson from the carrier. 

The aircraft is configured with 32 seats in business class, each with a 60-inch pitch, and 268 seats in economy with a 32-inch pitch.

The delivery of this new aircraft marks the beginning of the carrier’s fleet enhancement plan that will last from 2013 until 2022, which includes delivery of a further 31 aircraft: a second A330-300 (to be delivered in January), six A321-200s, 12 A321-neos (see story here) and 12 ATR-600s.

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Alisha Haridasani 

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