Today we are going to take a look at which African airlines have Airbus A330s in their fleets. Before we get into that thought, let’s first take a look and see how the Airbus A330 came about.
In the mid-1970s, Airbus began looking at how it could make its A300 widebody twinjet larger so that it could compete with the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar trijets. The plan was to develop an aircraft with the same passenger capacity and range but with 25% less fuel burn to make it attractive to airlines.
On November 2, 1992, the Airbus A330 made its maiden flight from Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) in France. The flight lasted just over five hours while Airbus engineers tested various flight configurations. At the time, the Airbus A330 was the largest twinjet in the world, and remained so until the Boeing 777 made its maiden flight on June 12, 1994.
North African Airbus A330 operators
Air Algérie has seven Airbus A330-200s listed as being active. The oldest plane, registered as 7T-VJZ was delivered new to Air Algérie on June 1, 2005. The newest aircraft, registered as 7T-VJB was delivered new to Air Algérie on May 30, 2015. Other Air Algérie Airbus A330s include 7T-VJC, 7T-VJV, 7T-VJW, 7T-VJX, and 7T-VJY.
Ajwaa Airlines has a 17-year-old Airbus A330-200 with the registration SU-GCI. The aircraft was delivered new to EgyptAir on October 7, 2005, and acquired by Ajwaa Airlines on April 29, 2021.
EgyptAir has seven Airbus A330-200s and A330-300s listed as active, of which SU-GCE and SU-GCJ are freighter versions. Egyptair’s oldest passenger Airbus A330-200 is SU-GCH. The plane was delivered new to the North African carrier on August 13, 2005. EgyptAir’s newest Airbus A330-300 is SU-GDU. The aircraft was delivered new to Egyptair on November 25, 2011. Other Egyptair Airbus A330-200s include SU-GCK, SU-GDS, and SU-GDT.
Tunis–Carthage International Airport (TUN)-based Tunisair has one seven-year-old Airbus A330-200 with the registration TS-IFN. The plane was delivered new to the North African carrier on August 24, 2015.
Central African Airbus A330 operators
Kinshasa-based flyCAA has one 16-year-old Airbus A330-300 with the registration 9S-ABS. The aircraft was delivered new to China Airlines on February 10, 2006, and acquired by the Democratic Republic of the Congo carrier in June 2022. The aircraft is used for flights between N’djili Airport (FIH) in Kinshasa and domestic destinations within the Congo. The airline is currently banned from flying in the EU due to safety concerns.
Kigali International Airport (KGL)- based RwandAir has two Airbus A330 jets. One six-year-old Airbus A330-200 with the registration 9XR-WN and a six-year-old Airbus A330-300 with the registration 9XR-WP. The Airbus A330-200 was delivered new to RwandAir on September 28, 2016. The Airbus A330-300 was delivered new to the central African airline on December 1, 2016.
Southern Africa Airbus A330 operators
South African Airways
Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)-based South African Airways has one Airbus A330-200, which it uses for long-haul international flights. The five-year-old leased aircraft registered as ZS-SXM joined the South African Airways fleet on June 12, 2017.
All the above information was taken from the aviation data and statistics website ch-aviation.
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