HONG Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) has become the first airline in Asia with an all-Airbus Industrie fleet, taking delivery at the weekend of its third wide-body A330 and retiring its last Lockheed L1011 TriStar. In addition to the three A330s, the airline has seven single-aisle A320 aircraft. The new twin-engine jet is the last of three A330s the airline was due to receive this year, with all being used on routes to Beijing and Shanghai. The first A330, which like the third was leased from Los Angeles-based International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC), arrived in May. The second aircraft was purchased by Dragonair from sister airline Cathay Pacific Airways and arrived in July. The delivery of the final A330 marks the completion of the regional carrier's fleet renewal programme, which has seen the phasing out of its two TriStars which were leased from Cathay. The first A330 touched down at Kai Tak airport from the European manufacturing consortium's headquarters in Toulouse, France, on May 24, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the day Dragonair received its business licence. Director and chief operating officer Philip Chen said at the time that the aircraft, which is 30 per cent more fuel-efficient than the TriStar and carries twice the cargo, would help Dragonair deal with the capacity constraints at Kai Tak and the high operating costs for an airline based in Hong Kong. Dragonair has joined Cathay, Thai Airways International and Malaysia Airlines as the Asian operators of the A330. Korean Air and Garuda Indonesia also have a number of A330s on order.