SAA gets new A330-300 aircraft – four more are on the way

South African Airways has taken delivery of its first new A330-300 aircraft on Friday.

The aircraft forms part of five new A330-300 aircraft on order which will enable the airline to expand its current route network and improve its efficiencies, the company said.

According to DefenceWeb, SAA has a fleet of 53 aircraft and was due to receive 20 new Airbus A320s but has exchanged 10 of these for the lease of five A330-300s.

The remaining four aircraft are due to arrive later this month and early next year, SAA said.  The 10 A320s were delivered last year.

“A new aircraft arrival in our fleet is a special occasion and does not happen often. We are therefore very excited about the potential for growth the new arrivals will offer.

“Customers will be pleased with the latest-generation on-board amenities and other cabin features on the A330-300s.  They certainly offer customers an improved travel experience,” said SAA acting CEO Musa Zwane.

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The A330-300s offer state-of-the-art technology, are environmentally friendly, and are super-comfortable. Interiors are striking in warm, neutral colours and finishes to provide a comfortable, elegant, hospitable and relaxed ambience, leaving customers feeling well rested after long flights.

In SAA’s configuration, the aircraft has capacity for 249 passengers, with 46 in premium Business Class and 203 in Economy Class.

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Seating in Business Class cabins is in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, offering increased privacy and providing all Business Class passengers with direct access to the aisle.

The A330-300s offer more Business Class seats than the largest aircraft in SAA’s current fleet.

The latest model A330-300s feature an increased 242-tonne maximum take-off weight and have an extended range of 6 350 nautical miles (11 750km) – typically routes of up to 11 hours – compared with previous versions of the aircraft. This combination of superior payload and range will enable SAA to expand its route network in Africa and beyond.

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SAA gets new A330-300 aircraft – four more are on the way