South African Airways orders six Airbus A330s

South African Airways has become the latest operator of Airbus’ eco-efficient A330 range.

The A330-200 is the first of six to be delivered to Aircastle during 2011, all of which will be leased to South African Airways.

Seating 36 passengers in business class and 186 in economy, the aircraft will feature in-flight entertainment and be used primarily on long haul routes from the airline’s bases in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The new A330 will join South African Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of 11 A319s, 14 A340-200/300s and nine A340-600s, enabling the airline to reap the benefits of Airbus’ cockpit and operational commonality.