Azul Linhas Aéreas is about to receive two more second-hand Airbus A330-200s, according to Planespotters.
The widebodies, which will receive registration PR-AIP and PR-AIQ, flew with Avianca until last year and have since been in storage – the Colombian airline had already announced that it would maintain its long-range fleet with only Boeing 787 aircraft.
Apparently, the two A330-200s will provisionally replace the A350-900s that were added to the fleet in 2022.
Azul no longer plans to have the most advanced technology aircraft, but which has a high operating cost for the Brazilian airline.
The two Airbus A350s, in fact, no longer have flights scheduled from the end of January, when they will leave the route between Brazil and Paris (Orly).
One of the two aircraft associated with Azul already flew in Brazil when OceanAir (Avianca Brasil) operated international flights, but returned to receive US registration (N974AV) in March 2019.
With the two A330s, the model’s fleet will reach six aircraft, which will join the five A330-900s currently in service.
The Brazilian airline, however, intends to unify the long-range fleet with the A330neo, which is more efficient and can carry more passengers.
This, however, will only occur from 2026, when seven new A330-900neo will be delivered by Airbus. Until then, the old A330-200, it seems, will be the way to maintain the air network.