Colombia’s Avianca will pay about $500 million for four A330-200 freighters, as the South American country’s flagship airline readies itself for the passage of a free trade pact with the U.S., according to Bloomberg.
The airline’s Tampa division in Decmeber 2012 will begin receiving the aircraft, which can carry up to 70 metric tons of payload and have a maximum range of up to 4,603 miles. Avianca said it will become the first Latin American carrier to fly the aircraft, which has been in service for a year.
“This new-generation, mid-size freighter can profitably serve both hot and high destinations and longer transcontinental flights without sacrificing payload,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer.
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