SAA to introduce Airbus A330-200 on Washington, DC route
SAA is operating this aircraft on other international routes and it has proven to be exceptionally popular with our customers. – Marc Cavaliere, executive vice-president: North America & global alliances for SAA
'We’re pleased to offer our customers the comfort and convenience of this new aircraft on the Washington, DC route,' says Marc Cavaliere, executive vice-president: North America & global alliances for South African Airways.
According to Airbus, the A330-200 has emerged as a popular choice by charter and leisure operators, and has boosted the growing low-cost long-haul market segment.
Passengers flying the Johannesburg-Washington route from 1 September 2014 will be the first to sample sought-after comfort, such as more window and aisle seats, and quieter cabins.
SAA’s A330-200 features 36 lie-flat, 180° beds in business class, and 186 seats in economy class with adjustable headrests for long-haul travel. All passengers will have access to the latest technology: on-demand audio and video, mobile telephony and email via satellite. Larger personal screens and increased programming options are added bonuses.
The A330-200 was built with the shortest fuselage of the A330 series, but with a wide body, enabling it to offer excellent range and capacity in underfloor cargo holds.
TravelWorldNews describes the Airbus A330-200 as 'an environmentally friendly aircraft with superior economics and strong passenger appeal, [which] will enable SAA to continue providing a high-quality customer experience and the efficiencies to support its profitability strategies'.
Cavaliere adds that 'SAA is operating this aircraft on other international routes and it has proven to be exceptionally popular with our customers, and has contributed to SAA maintaining its high-quality rating as a Skytrax four-star carrier for the 12th consecutive year'.