Azul and Airbus announced an additional order for four A330-900neo, within an agreement that had been signed in June.
With the new order, the Brazilian airline will have a total of 12 widebodies in its fleet, five of which are currently in service.
“We are proud to announce this order, as it confirms Azul as the airline with the most fuel-efficient fleet in the region, with over 80% of our capacity coming from next-generation aircraft. With the five A330neos we currently operate and the seven we now have on order, we will standardize our international fleet, allowing us to further enhance Azul’s renowned customer experience and on-time performance,” said Alexandre Malfitani, Azul’s Chief Financial Officer.
“Azul’s re-confirmed confidence in the A330neo underscores once again, that the A330neo’s economics and performance are making a true difference in Azul’s widebody strategy, coming out at the top of the competition,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
The expansion of orders for the A330-900 variant, which is configured with 298 seats in two classes, reinforces rumors that the two A350-900s incorporated just over a year ago will soon be deactivated.
With its 334 seats, the A350 took on high-demand flights to Paris and Orlando, but its operating cost would be very high. Azul has no longer scheduled flights with the aircraft from the end of January 2024.
Azul currently has a fleet of nine A330s, four of which are the A330-200 version but have been flying for over 20 years.
The Brazilian carrier’s first A330neo was delivered in 2019.