Azul Linhas Aéreas may soon reinforce its fleet with two second-hand A330-900neo. According to Planespotters records, the widebodies belonging to the lessor Avolon should be delivered soon to the Brazilian carrier.
The aircraft were initially flown by Thailand’s Air Asia, but were withdrawn from operation in 2021 and 2022. Since then they have been stored at some airports, the most recent in Jakarta, Indonesia.
According to the website, the two A330neo, which flew for the first time in mid-2019, will receive registration plates PR-ANB and PR-ANC.
The airline is reinforcing its long-range fleet and to this end has ordered seven new A330-900neo from Airbus, but the planes are only expected to be delivered from 2026 onwards.
One of the two A350s continues to fly with the carrier
Meanwhile, Azul is agreeing to lease four second-hand A330-200 jets. These are older aircraft, having passed through airlines such as Avianca and Condor.
It is believed that the fleet movement aims to replace the two A350-900s that were received in September and December 2022.
The operation of the advanced and large aircraft, however, would have fallen short of expectations due to high costs.
Initially, Azul seemed to indicate that it would stop flying with the two widebodies at the end of this month, however, one of them, registered PR-AOY, started to be used on the Campinas-Orlando route since January 28th.
The other A350, registered PR-AOW, has been out of service since December 31, 2023. Currently, Azul has five A330neo, four A330-200 and two A350-900 in its long-range fleet.