A330neo: Powering into the future
Building on the proven success of its popular widebody A330 Family, Airbus officially launched the A330neo (new engine option) jetliner – comprising the A330-800neo and A330-900neo versions – in July 2014.
As the newest member of the A330 Family, the A330neo is a truly modern aircraft that shares the values of Airbus’ market-leading widebody product line: unrivalled cost-efficiency for airlines and superior comfort for passengers.
The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with aerodynamic improvements – including new composite Sharklet wingtip devices that provide 3.7 metres of increased wing span – as well as increased lift and reduced drag. The NEO also features many of the latest technologies used for the A350 XWB, including the state-of-the-art cabin innovations such as full-LED mood lighting, Wifi connectivity, an upgraded flight attendant panel and new galley inserts.
As a result of these upgrades, the A330neo delivers fuel savings of 14 per cent per seat compared to in-production A330s, while also providing even quieter operations, a range increase of approximately 400 nautical miles, additional payload capability, decreased maintenance costs and superior passenger comfort.
Sharing the family values
Benefiting from the full Airbus commonality, the A330neo also complements the company’s A350 XWB jetliner in terms of range and payload capabilities, while sharing a common type rating for pilot training. This will help make operations, maintenance and training easier for airlines flying both – an important factor as 85 per cent of A350 XWB customers are also A330 customers or operators.
The A330-800neo retains the current-production A330-200’s fuselage length, while the A330-900neo uses the A330-300’s longer fuselage. Through innovative uses of cabin space, both NEO versions will offer up to 10 extra seats – all while maintaining the spacious Airbus modern comfort standard of 18-inch wide seats in economy class.
With a range of 7,500 nautical miles, the A330-800neo will typically seat 257 passengers in three classes of service, while offering capacity for up to 406 travellers in a high-density configuration. The longer-fuselage A330-900neo version is to accommodate 287 seats in a typical three-class layout or up to 440 for high-density configurations, and provide a range of 6,550 nautical miles.
Taking lessons learned from the company’s single-aisle NEO programme, Airbus has developed a fast-paced 42-month programme from launch to first A330neo delivery, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Orders & deliveries
Did you know?
- With more than 1,500 total bookings since its launch by Airbus, the A330 is a global success
- The A330’s top 10 customers have ordered this highly-reliable jetliner an average of 8.5 times
- An A330 aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 20 seconds
- Over 1.6 billion passengers have flown on an A330, representing a daily average of 500,000-plus people
- The global A330 fleet has accumulated over 32 million flight hours on more than 7 million flights