18 JULY 2011
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HNA Group, not a name that rolls off the tongue, has become the operator of the 800th Airbus A330 to come off the Toulouse production lines. The aircraft in question is an A330-200F, the company’s third. HNA is a major Chinese transport and logistics group best know to the general public for Hainan Airlines.
The Airbus A330 first flew in 1992 and is essentially a twin engined sister to the less successful (379 built to date) four engined A340. To date, over 1,140 A330s have been ordered and it is likely to stay in production until 2015 when its successor, the A350 XWB, takes its place on the production line.
Today the A330 fleet has accumulated nearly 18m flight hours and over 4m landings. With currently over 80 operators, the aircraft is achieving an average dispatch reliability above 99%. http://global.hnair.com www.airbus.com
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