Tunisair has taken delivery of the first Airbus A330-200, following an order for three placed in July 2008.
The aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over during a ceremony in Toulouse on 9 June before departing to Tunis.
It has been configured with 24 business-class and 242 economy-class seats, and its interior includes wi-fi capabilities and a new in-flight entertainment system.
“Unrivalled operating costs will allow us to develop our operations and win new market share,” said Tunisair president Sara Rejeb.
Tunisair had originally intended to take delivery of two A330s in 2012 but the north African state underwent a revolution in 2010-11 resulting in the ousting of its president.
Its original fleet-renewal order also included three A350-800s – which were subsequently removed from the backlog in 2013 – as well as 10 A320s. Four A320s from that agreement have yet to be delivered.