Powering into the future
Building on the proven success of the popular A330 widebody Family, Airbus officially launched A330neo (new engine option) jetliner – comprising the A330-800neo and A330-900neo versions – in July 2014.
These A330neo aircraft incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with aerodynamic improvements – including composite A350 XWB-style winglets and 3.7 metres of increased wing span – as well as new cabin features such as full-LED mood lighting and Wifi connectivity.
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 miles, additional payload capability, decreased maintenance costs and superior passenger comfort.
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, the A330-800neo will offer up to 10 extra seats for a capacity of 257 passengers, with the A330-900neo accommodating as many as 10 additional seats and 287 travellers – all while maintaining the spacious Airbus modern comfort standard of 18-inch wide seats in economy class.
Drawing on the full Airbus “family” concept, the A330neo will share the same pilot type rating as current-production A330 aircraft, a common type rating with the A350 XWB and 95 per cent spares commonality with A330ceo aircraft.
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.
The versatile A330 Family is a multi-talented aircraft product line that covers all market segments from commercial passenger and freight transportation to VVIP and military roles. It has become the preferred aircraft for more than 100 operators, including major airlines and flag carriers, charter and leisure airlines, the new segment of long-haul low-cost carriers, along with governments and in VVIP service. Some 20 A330 airlines fly both the A330-200 and A330-300 versions, while more than 50 A320 Family operators also have chosen the A330 – benefitting from the Airbus family concept.
The A330’s ability to meet a full range of mission requirements has enabled an extension of the family with the A330-200F Freighter and the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) – both which are based on the A330-200 airframe. The A330-200F is positioned as the replacement for ageing mid-size long-haul freighters, and also offers opportunities to grow frequencies in under-served and fragmented markets at no additional cost per tonne. The A330 MRTT meets military services’ requirements for highly-demanding in-flight refuelling and military and humanitarian airlift missions.
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