TOULOUSECorsair has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900 jet out of five, on lease from the Irish lessor Avolon. The French long-haul operator is executing its strategy to become an all-A330 operator.

The aircraft, which features 352 seats in a three-class layout, is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines. It is also the first A330neo jet to feature an increased maximum take-off weight of 251 tonnes. This capability will allow the airline to fly long-haul destinations up to 13,400 km (7,200nm) or benefit from ten tons more payload on board.

The A330neo is a new-generation aircraft and successor to the hugely popular A330ceo widebody family. As well as the new engine option, the aircraft benefits from a host of innovations, including aerodynamic improvements and new wings and winglets that together contribute to 25% fuel-burn and CO2 reductions.

Corsair already operates an Airbus fleet of five previous generation A330 Family aircraft.