"PRESS RELEASE - Air Mauritius orders two Airbus A330-200
Port Louis, 11 September 2006
Air Mauritius announces that it has amended a purchase agreement signed with Airbus in June 2005 substituting an A340-300E which it had on firm order for delivery in the last quarter of 2007 by a twinengined A330-200.
It has also firmed up an option for a further A330-200 to be delivered in October 2009.
In addition, since 2004 when exhaustive studies leading to the selection of the A340-300E were conducted, and during which the A330-200 was also examined, the price of fuel has dramatically increased from 0.85 cents per USG to a price in excess of $2 dollars. In this context the twin-engined A330-200 will enable Air Mauritius to make significant savings, principally in fuel cost, whilst taking full benefits of the engineering and operational commonality between the two aircraft types.
Configured in a two-class layout, the A330-200s ordered will accommodate about 280 passengers and carry its full payload of over 38 tons on such 10-hour flights like Hong Kong to Mauritius."
This makes me wonder why airliners like Finnair who have a lot of as long - or actually short - routes like this mentioned MRU-HKG ie. 10 hour flight, are byuing A340s instead of A330s. It would make sense for Finnair too to purchase twin engined aircrafts and thus save a lot of money in fuel consumption.
Or is this so?