Market Presence. The A330-200 continues to face considerable headwinds even as the market recovers. The early -200s in particular are exposed. Aircraft are being placed but only on the basis of attractive prices. There continues to be hundreds that remain on the ground and have yet to be placed back into service. Values have therefore inevitably fallen. With higher fuel costs and staffing issues, operators are preferring to operate larger aircraft less frequently. The A330-200 was experiencing weakness even before Covid because of three primary factors; the type had come to the end of its production life cycle; the market structure was changing, favoring larger types; the age of the fleet meant that it was ripe for replacement with leases expiring. Some of these negatives are even more relevant today as they were before the pandemic.
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