- That makes our Company the first Latin American customer for the Airbus A330-200F cargo aircraft model.
- After completing the pertinent legal and contractual formalities, the new aircraft will be assigned to of Avianca’s affiliate Tampa Cargo S.A. for its operations.
- The A330-200F freighters will join the current A330-200 and A320 passenger aircraft that currently operate on the national and international routes of our airlines integrated under the AviancaTaca Holding S.A. umbrella..
This cargo aircraft model, known for being highly efficient and versatile, is key in forwarding the integrated airlines’ cargo transportation strategy. Each aircraft has a cargo capacity of up to 70 metric tons and a range of up to 400 nautical miles. The first of the four cargo airplanes will be placed in operation in December 2012, replacing some of Tampa Cargo’s current fleet.
Airbus Customers COO John Leahy stated, "Thanks to the high performance and cost efficiency that the A330-200F aircraft boasts, this new generation of medium-sized cargo planes is ideal for serving markets with a high demand for operations and for long transcontinental flights as well, without having to sacrifice any weight. Airbus is proud to say that the companies integrating the AviancaTaca organization are the first airlines in Latin America to benefit from the economic advantages and the tested experience of this aircraft".
AviancaTaca Holding S.A. CEO and Avianca President Fabio Villegas Ramirez affirmed, "As A330 passenger aircraft operators, we are familiar with the benefits that this cargo model offers in regards to efficiency, yield, fuel optimization, and environmental performance. So we are proud to say that our cargo airline Tampa Cargo is the first of its kind in Latin America to opt for this equipment. These four freighters will help us offer greater capacity and even better service to our customers in the region"
Since the cargo aircraft model was launched in 2010, eight A330-200F freighters have been delivered to operators in the Mid East, Europe, and Asia. To date, 61 of these airplanes exclusively designed for cargo have been ordered by operators around the world.