Korean low-cost carrier T’way Air has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Airbus A330-300s, as it looks to tap into the medium- to long-haul market.

In an announcement made on 18 December, the carrier states that it will take delivery of its first example in the second half of the year, and will operate three A330s by the end of the year.

Tway A330

Source: T’way Air

T’way Air will acquire Airbus A330s for long-haul operations.

It intends to operate the aircraft to destinations “beyond the limitations” of current low-cost carrier routes, including to Sydney, Singapore, Honolulu, as well as to unspecified points in Malaysia and Croatia.

T’way notes that the timeline to launch these routes will be subject to improvements in the coronavirus situation.

The A330s will also be introduced on existing routes “with insufficient capacity” during peak seasons, the carrier adds.

The widebody will be also be fitted with business class seats, with “new inflight amenities” to be announced in due course.

T’way adds that the A330s will also provide a boost to its cargo business, allowing it to carry more belly cargo in the aircraft, compared to its existing fleet of Boeing 737-800s.

Cirium fleets data indicates that the Seoul-based carrier has 26 737s in operation. It also has three 737 Max 8s on order.