KANSAS CITY, MO – MetroAir has announced today the first routes on which the Airbus A330-300 will be deployed. MetroAir is currently scheduled to receive eight A330-300 aircraft, the larger variant to the A330-200, of which MetroAir has 27.
The order for the A300-300s was announced in August 2014, with delivery tentatively scheduled for Q2 2015. Due to delays in the process, delivery of the first airframe has been scheduled for April 22, with a rate of delivery every two weeks. Ferry flights will originate at the Airbus factory in Tolouse, France and will be available to appropriately rated MetroAir pilots.
The first route penciled in for the A330-300 is a second daily flight between Baltimore-Washington and London-Heathrow, the two largest Atlantic hubs between MetroAir and their main codeshare partner, Fly UK Virtual Airways. The second daily flight will complement Boeing 777-300ER service and will be MetroAir’s seventh daily flight to the United Kindom’s largest city.
The Airbus A330-300 will also replace the smaller A330-200 on flights from Baltimore-Washington to Paris-CDG, Madrid, and Rio de Janiero, from Chicago to London-Heathrow and Paris-CDG, and from Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita.
With Suite class seating on board the A330-300, MetroAir will finally be able to offer it most highest service class on premium long haul routes. MetroAir Suite was previously only offered on the Boeing 777-300ER to select destinations.
“The Airbus A330-300 gives us a few more options on where we can fly.” said Zak Winnick, Director of Scheduled Operations. “We will be increasing our capacity on the more successful routes in our system, and of course, the flights will have our new premium suites.”