*KANSAS CITY, MO – *MetroAir’s Chief Operating Officer, William Hogarth announced today that the airline has signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for six new A330-300 aircraft. The US airline currently operates 27 Airbus A330-200s, a smaller version of the long haul aircraft. The new A330-300s will be introduced to further expand the airlines international presence in Europe.
MetroAir Executives came to an agreement with Airbus for the A330’s during the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, just days after the airline announced they were retrofitting their fleet of Airbus A32x aircraft with fuel saving Sharklets.
Hogarth said, “This new order comes as we continue to improve our network and look to maximize our available seats on our lucrative transatlantic routes.”
The A330-300 is a larger variant to the -200 model, which seats 293 passengers and has been in service with MetroAir since April 2008. The A330-300 allows up to an extra 60 seats per flight and is perfectly suited to the high volume transatlantic flights. No details have been given by MetroAir about the specific seating configuration of the aircraft but it is expected to introduce a new Business Class with more amenities as well as introduce a new Premium Economy Class.
Hogarth went on to say, “We have signed the letter today with the intention to see delivery of the first aircraft in March 2015” Also present at the meeting was the airlines route development manager, Zak Winnick, who explained how the aircraft will be distributed: “The 300’s will be used to increase available seats on our flights from Baltimore to London Heathrow, Paris, Madrid, and Rome. The 200’s will be reallocated to new international markets and potentially operate occasional domestic trunk routes.” Winnick said plans have not been finalized and are subject to change.
A picture of the slightly larger Airbus A330-300 which is due to enter service in 2015.