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First A330 freighter for the Americas

By control on December 20, 2012

Tampa Cargo in Colombia has taken delivery of the first of four A330-200 freighter aircraft as part of parent airline AviancaTaca’s fleet renewal strategy.

Fifteen of the 70-tonne payload mid-size freighters are now flying with six operators worldwide, but this was the first supplied to the Americas. Tampa said the new capacity would enable it to expand its presence in new and existing international markets, including Brazil, Uruguay Ecuador, Mexico and the U.S.

“We are confident in the A330-200F’s proven advanced technology, eco-efficiency and range,” said Fabio Villegas, CEO of AviancaTaca. With 10 A330-200 passenger aircraft on order, he addeds that the group would benefit from fleet commonality.

Underlining the aircraft’s “exceptional economics,” John Leahy, chief operating officer–customers at Airbus, added: “With the capacity and range to profitably serve the growing cargo markets of Latin America, the A330-200F flies more payload significantly further while offering lower cost-per-tonne than its nearest competitor.”

Taking delivery at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, Tampa Cargo, in association with AviancaTaca and the Airbus Foundation, seized the opportunity to ship more than 1,000 teddy bears back across the Atlantic in a Christmas charity initiative. Airbus employees from France, Germany and the U.K. donated the toys, which will be distributed to underprivileged children in Colombia.

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