Ethiad has placed an order for two more Airbus A330-200s to add to the fleet of aircraft it has already purchased from the manufacturer

Etihad Airways has added to its fleet of aircraft by purchasing two Airbus A330-200 models in a deal worth $418 million (£258 million).

The airline, which operates flights to Abu Dhabi and major cities around the world, purchased its first Airbus A330-200 in 2003 and now operates 16 of the passenger aircraft, in additional to two freight variants and six Airbus A330-300s.

Etihad, which will take delivery of the two new aircraft in January and March 2014, plans to fit them with 22 Pearl Business Class beds and 240 economy seats. Furthermore, the firm has converted seven Airbus A320s that were part of a previous order to the larger A321 model.

Chief executive and president of Etihad James Hogan described the A330-200 as “reliable and highly versatile”, adding the model “has been an integral part of our global passenger and cargo success”.

Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy added the repeat order from Etihad – the company’s fifth for A330s – shows the aircraft has a “unique combination of unbeatable economics, versatility and fuel efficiency”.

Written by Ruth Norris

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