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A330neo highlights from the MENA region

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May 2019

A330neo highlights from the MENA region

The highlight of the recent weeks came in the form of a high level visit, when we had the privilege to host His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, the President of Senegal at Airbus in Toulouse, France.

President Sall was accompanied by a delegation including Mr. Philippe Bohn, Air Senegal's General Manager, M Aliou Sall, Director General of the Caisse des Depots et Consignations, Mr. Amadou Ba, Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal, Mr. Edmond Camara, representative of the Minister of Air Transport, the Ambassador of Senegal as well as Airbus executives.

During the visit, President Sall toured a number of Airbus facilities including Airbus Mock-up Centre, where full-scale interior mock-ups of the company’s jetliners, along with displays of buyer-furnished equipment provide a first hand experience for the customers and visitors. 

In Addition to visiting the Airbus Mock-up Centre, President Sall and the Senegalese delegation toured Airbus Final Assembly Lines where they witnessed the production of one of two A330neo aircraft for Air Senegal. 

Airbus maintains eight final assembly lines (FALs) at four locations worldwide that produce the company’s full range of single-aisle and widebody jetliners. Five of these are for the A320 Family, supporting sustained high-rate production for this best-selling single-aisle product line.

Air Senegal will be the first airline in Africa to operate the A330neo

As the first airline in Africa to operate the A330neo, Air Senegal will soon be receiving two A330neo aircraft.

The A330neo enables Air Senegal to reach destinations as far as Los Angeles and Asia. The airline will introduce the A330-900 in the coming months.   

Kuwait Airways place an order for the A330neo

Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of the state of Kuwait, has signed a Purchase Agreement (PA) for eight A330-800 aircraft.

The announcement marks an important step in Kuwait Airways’ fleet renewal and expansion strategy. The national carrier of Kuwait also has A350 XWB and A320neo Family aircraft on order. The delivery of the new Airbus fleet will start in 2020.

Middle East Airlines (MEA) select four A330neos for future fleet development

Also in December, Middle East Airlines, the national carrier of Lebanon, announced its commitment for four A330-900neo aircraft. The order is on top of a backlog of 11 A321neo aircraft. Thanks to the singnificantly increased performance and range of the A330neo, MEA will have access to new far reaching markets including Americas and Asia Pacific from its base in Beirut.  

MEA is an all Airbus customer already operating a fleet of five A330-200s in addition to 13 A320s. 

The A330 has long been a workhorse aircraft for airlines in the Middle East & North Africa. We look forward to the confirmation of this successful story and to bringing new levels of efficiency and passenger comfort to our customers.

As of January 2019, over 1,730 A330 aircraft have been sold of which 1,427 have been delivered worldwide and over 1,390 aircraft in operation.

Learn more about the A330 Family here

For more information please contact:
Afshin Jahanshahi
Marketing Manager - Airbus Africa & Middle East