SAO PAULO, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Azul S.A., "Azul", (B3: AZUL4,NYSE: AZUL) today announces an order for five next-generation Airbus A330-900neo widebody aircraft from Avolon, an international aircraft leasing company. With deliveries starting in late 2018, the A330neo will be deployed to further strengthen Azul's international flights to the U.S. and Europe, and to serve select new destinations.
Azul will be the only airline in South America and one of the first in the world to operate this type of aircraft, which will come with 298 seats, 27 more than the current A330s in high-density configuration. The cabin interior will be divided into 34 business class seats, 108 Economy Extra seats, and 156 Economy seats. The A330neo will come with the most advanced passenger cabin today dubbed "Air Space by Airbus", bringing together an enhanced experience for passengers and optimum performance based on comfort, ambience, service and design. Moreover, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat compared to the current A330ceo model, making it the most cost efficient, medium range widebody aircraft in the market.
"We are very excited to start growing again. These new planes will play a key role in the expansion of our international markets supporting our strategy of having a modern and fuel-efficient fleet," celebrates John Rodgerson, Azul's CEO.
"The A330neo's builds on the A330's proven economics, versatility and reliability while reducing fuel consumption by a further 14 per cent per seat," said Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus Latin America and the Caribbean. "We take great pride in Azul continuing to put their trust in our most efficient single and twin-aisle product families, allowing them to further expand their fleet with minimum change benefiting from our fleet commonality, which is unique to Airbus."
"We are delighted to partner with Azul to agree to the future delivery of five Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. These aircraft offer Azul the latest in fuel saving technologies combined with best-in-class comfort, reliability and operational efficiency. This agreement demonstrates the strong market demand for young, fuel-efficient, modern technology aircraft which is central to Avolon's portfolio offering," added Felipe Campos, Head of Latin America at Avolon".
Azul is the second largest airline in Brazil offering international flights, with an average of 15 daily flights to South America, the United States and Europe.
The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus widebody family launched in July 2014 with first deliveries scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2018. The A330neo incorporates the latest generation of Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the excellent economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of around 400 nautical miles and of course all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus family.
Azul (B3: AZUL4,NYSE: AZUL), the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served, offers 739 daily flights to 102 destinations. With a fleet of 123 aircraft and more than 10,000 crewmembers, the company has a network of 202 non-stop routes as of June 30, 2017. Among other awards, Azul was named third best airline in the world by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice in 2017, best low cost carrier in South America for the seventh consecutive time by Skytrax in 2017, and the world's most on-time low-cost airline in 2015 by the Official Airline Guide (OAG). For more information visit www.voeazul.com.br/ir.
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