Corsair has taken delivery of its first A330-900, on lease from Avolon, to join the French airline’s fleet. By selecting a total of five A330neos, Corsair is executing its strategy to become an all-A330 operator.
Thanks to the A330neo’s latest technologies, Corsair says it will benefit from cost-effective and eco-efficient solutions, while providing passengers with “the best comfort standards in the quietest cabins in its class”.
The aircraft features 352 seats in a three-class layout, providing all the comfort and amenities of Airbus’ leading Airspace cabin, including state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and full wifi connectivity throughout the cabin.
The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines. The Corsair aircraft will also be the first A330neo to feature an increased maximum take-off weight of 251 tonnes. This capability will allow the airline to fly long-haul destinations up to 13,400 km, or benefit from ten tons more payload on board.
The A330neo is a new-generation aircraft and successor to the hugely popular A330ceo widebody family. As well as the new engine option, the aircraft benefits from a host of innovations, including aerodynamic improvements and new wings and winglets that together contribute to 25 per cent less fuel-burn and CO2 reductions.
Corsair, which already operates an Airbus fleet of five A330 family aircraft, became a member of the Airbus Skywise Open Data Platform in 2020, thus benefiting from several Skywise-based services, such as a real-time, in-service fleet performance analysis capability (aircraft health monitoring), reliability analysis and predictive maintenance.
Last September, Corsair became the first European airline to sign a partnership with Adhetec for antimicrobial covers for the tray tables of its aircraft. The carrier operated a test flight from Paris Orly to Abidjan on the Ivory Coast.
All the tray tables of the business, premium and economy class seats were equipped with a protective aeronautical film developed by industrial adhesive manufacturer Adhetec. The firm uses the natural and antimicrobial technology of its partner Pylote, a specialist in mineral and ceramic industrial chemistry.