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Hong Kong Airlines Takes Delivery of Airbus A330-200F

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[HD video below] Hong Kong Airlines has become the first operator of the new A330-200F freighter in East Asia, following the delivery of the first of three aircraft on long term lease from global aircraft lessor Aircastle Limited.

The three A330-200F freighters will be operated on services linking Hong Kong with destinations across Asia, as well as to the Middle East and Europe.

The A330-200F will enable Hong Kong Airlines to enter the dedicated cargo market with the most efficient aircraft available today in its class, said Yang Jian Hong, President, Hong Kong Airlines. With our new freight services we will be able to complement our fast-growing passenger network as we work to build Hong Kong Airlines as one of the leading carriers in the Asian region.

We are pleased to capitalise on the strong recovery in the air cargo market with the delivery of the first freighter aircraft in our A330 programme, added Ron Wainshal, Chief Executive Officer of Aircastle. The A330-200Fs extended payload range and low operating costs make it the best aircraft in its class. This is the first of three aircraft from our order stream committed to Hong Kong Airlines and an important addition to Aircastle's diversified portfolio of modern aircraft.

The A330-200F is the latest addition to the highly successful A330 Family. The mid-size, long haul, all-cargo aircraft is capable of carrying 65 tonnes over 4,000nm/7,400km or 70 tonnes over 3,200nm/5,900km.

Aircastle Limited is a global company that acquires, leases and sells high-utility commercial jet aircraft to airlines throughout the world. As of 30 June 2010 Aircastles aircraft portfolio consisted of 129 aircraft and had 63 lessees located in 36 countries.

An Airbus A330-200F @ Singapore Airshow 2010

The above aircraft is the first A330-200F in the flight test campaign - MSN1004 - which took to the skies in November 2009 and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.

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