Arkia Israeli Airlines has signed a MOU with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft, the manufacturer announced Wednesday.
Arkia will be the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered type in the region.
The aircraft will help Arkia expand into long-haul operations and leisure markets and will join four A321neos ordered at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow.
“The A330-900neo will be a key asset to help us grow efficiently on highly competitive international long-haul routes from and to Israel,” Arkia president and CEO Nir Dagan said. “The A330-900neo will offer our passengers the latest product with great cabin comfort on direct, long-haul flights.”
Airbus COO-customers John Leahy said, “This commitment marks our latest partnership with a growing Israeli market and our first widebody aircraft deal in Israel. The combination of the A321neo with A330neo in Arkia’s fleet will allow the airline to reap the benefits of Airbus’ unique aircraft commonality, offering unrivalled efficiencies, with the most modern, fuel efficient and streamlined fleet.”