Corsair receives its first Airbus A330neo

Corsair Airbus A330-900neo aircraft
Photo: © Clément Alloing

French carrier Corsair has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.

The airline’s A330neo is on lease from lessor Avolon. Corsair will receive an additional two A330neo jets through the leasing agreement that was announced with Avolon in 2019. All in all, the Paris-based carrier will take delivery of five A330neo airplanes.

According to Airbus, Corsair’s new aircraft is the first A330neo delivered with an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 251 tonnes. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the increased take-off weight variant of the A330-900neo in October last year.

Corsair already has five A330ceo jets in its fleet, including both Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 versions. In 2020, the airline retired its last Boeing 747-400 aircraft as the last French operator and became an all-Airbus A330 carrier. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the aircraft type was phased out earlier than planned.

At the moment, the airline offers a limited flight schedule because of various travel restrictions during the pandemic. Its long-haul services to Montreal and Mauritius are suspended, whereas other routes continue to be operated, such as flights from Paris to Abidjan or Guadeloupe.