HK Airlines gets its first A330 passenger aircraft, also adding A330Fs

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Hong Kong Airlines has received its first Airbus A330, a passenger aircraft, and it also plans to add A330 freighters.

The A330-200 passenger aircraft is the first of this type in its fleet, says the aircraft-maker.

It also says "the A330-200 is the first of the aircraft ordered by the airline from Airbus, comprising 23 A330s and 30 Airbus A320s".

In addition, Hong Kong Airlines plans to operate two A330-200Fs under a separate lease agreement, says Airbus.

Hong Kong Airlines' president Yang Jian Hong says: "The arrival of the A330 is a milestone as we expand into the long-haul market."

The carrier says it plans to use the first A330 passenger aircraft to launch a four-times-weekly service on 30 June from Hong Kong to Moscow Sheremetyevo.

It will be competing on the route against Aeroflot which has a five-times weekly service using the same aircraft type, says Innovata.

Industry sources say Hong Kong Airlines later this year plans to launch an A330 freighter service from Hong Kong to Brussels via New Delhi.

Hainan Airlines Group owns 45% of Hong Kong Airlines and sister carrier Hong Kong Express.