TransAsia Airways takes delivery of its first A330

TransAsia Airways of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus.  The aircraft was delivered at a ceremony in Toulouse on November 26 attended by TransAsia Airways Chairman Vincent Lin.
The A330 will be the first wide-body aircraft to be operated by TransAsia.  Featuring a two class layout seating 300 passengers, the aircraft will initially fly on services from Taipei to Japan and Singapore.  These will be followed by new longer range operations to destinations currently under consideration, including Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Middle East. TransAsia has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its A330s.
“The delivery of the A330 will further enhance our quality of service, as well as our passengers’ flight experience,” said Vincent Lin, Chairman, TransAsia Airways.  “They will service TransAsia’s international routes, providing passengers a more comfortable journey with advanced in-flight entertainment technology and spacious seating.”
“We are pleased to welcome TransAsia Airways as a new operator of Airbus wide-body aircraft,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus.  “With the A330 TransAsia will benefit from the aircraft’s low operating costs, proven reliability and great passenger appeal – as well as high levels of technical commonality with its existing A320 Family fleet.”
TransAsia Airways currently operates scheduled services to 46 destinations across Asia with a fleet that already includes nine A320 Family aircraft.  In addition to its new A330s, the carrier has orders for 18 A321s for future delivery, comprising six A321ceo and 12 A321neo.