Tunisian national airline Tunisair on 9 June took delivery of its first A330-200 airliner from Airbus in Toulouse, becoming a new operator of this type of aircraft.
The handover was attended by Tunisia’s Minister of Transport, Mahmoud Ben Romdhane.
Named “Tunis”, the wide-body aircraft flew out from Toulouse and landed at Tunis-Carthage Airport in the evening, thus joining the airline’s existing fleet of Airbus aircraft comprising four A319s and seventeen A320s, Airbus said in a statement.
Tunisair’s A330-200 will offer its passengers Wi-Fi connectivity and the latest-generation in-flight entertainment system. The new Tunisair cabin can accommodate 24 passengers in business class and 242 in economy class.
“I am extremely happy to welcome the A330-200 to our fleet, its unique profitability and unrivalled operating costs will allow us to develop our operations and win new market shares, thus supporting our country’s growth in the areas of tourism and economic development,” said Sara Rejeb, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tunisair, during this ceremony held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse.
“We are delighted to welcome Tunisair among the A330 operators, the number of which never ceases to grow,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A330’s winning combination of efficiency, operational reliability and comfort will perfectly serve Tunisair’s ambitious plans for growth”, he added.
The A330 family, which can seat between 250 and 300 passengers, has to date recorded more than 1,400 orders. More than 1,100 aircraft of this type are already flying with more than 100 operators worldwide.