Our numbers will convince you
We don’t know where you’ll be going in five years’ time, but we know how you’ll get there: an Airbus widebody aircraft. From 250 to over 500 seats, Airbus produces the world’s most modern and comprehensive widebody product line – three families of market-leading jetliners offering unbeatable economics on everything from short regional routes to the world’s longest commercial flights.
More than 100 airlines worldwide continue to benefit from the A330’s unrivalled low operating costs. The A350 XWB sets a new standard of comfort and efficiency in its class, with 25 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to existing aircraft. And the A380 allows airlines to increase their contribution to profit by up to 65 per cent per flight. The A330, A350 and A380 offer unbeatable comfort levels, including more personal space with minimum 18-inch wide seats as standard in economy for full-service long-haul travel.
Our aircraft have the unique benefit of full technical and operational commonality, reducing costs across the board. No wonder that Airbus is a market leader in widebody passenger aircraft.
Leading the way
Widebody excellence is in Airbus’ DNA, having pioneered this high-demand aircraft category with the very first member of its product line – the cornerstone twin-aisle A300, which entered commercial service in 1974 and established new industry standards for versatility, operating economics, passenger comfort and more.
Airbus continued to push the envelope and built upon its successes with each widebody programme that followed – beginning with the innovative A310, helping pave the way for the company’s popular A330/A340 product line and 21st century flagship A380. The latest-developed Airbus widebody jetliner – the A350 XWB – is setting new standards in comfort and efficiency as it enters commercial service with a growing international operator base.
To date, Airbus has secured orders for more than 3,500 widebody aircraft from all types of operators, from major carriers to charter companies – with those already delivered being flown almost everywhere across the globe.
Built for the growing world
Airline customers today operate on very thin margins, which is why they must be extremely mindful in selecting the right aircraft for a given route as global air traffic demand continues to increase in the decades ahead. Among their many advantages, Airbus widebody jetliners offer two key qualities to help in this regard: flexibility and efficiency.
Flexibility is delivered in part through the large interior space of all Airbus widebody aircraft, allowing for the widest range of potential cabin configurations. Airlines operating the company’s jetliners also have the ability to adapt their interiors to meet evolving customer comfort demands.
Airbus’ A330, A350 XWB and A380 cover the entire spectrum of global widebody requirements.
This is significant, as airlines traditionally aim to have fewer aircraft types in their inventory for the reduced costs that come from commonality and synergy, including increased efficiency in maintenance, reduced stocks of spare parts, streamlined training, and more.
Adding to this, all Airbus widebody aircraft have commonality in pilot ratings – so crewmembers can easily fly different versions with little, or no, additional training.
Owning the market
Designed to serve all higher-capacity markets around the world, Airbus' widebody jetliners have earned a reputation for unbeatable economics – with the A330, A350 XWB and A380 each outperforming their direct competitors in many of the most important categories.
As the most efficient member in the 250-300-seat category, Airbus' A330 is operated on flights with durations that range from 30 minutes to 14 hours, all while maintaining an industry-leading 99.4 per cent dispatch reliability rate. The evolved A330neo (new engine option) – which Airbus launched in 2014 – will build on the A330’s proven economics, versatility and reliability while further reducing fuel consumption by 14 per cent per seat. Operators also will benefit from a range capability increase of around 400 nautical miles while carrying more payload.
The A350 XWB – which entered service in January 2015 – is an all-new aircraft in the 300-400-seat category and brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies.
Airbus' A380 is the world's largest airliner, and with 40 per cent more capacity and lowest seat mile costs in its class, the full double-deck configuration makes it the most efficient as well. When given a choice, time and again travellers opt for the A380 thanks to its quiet and spacious cabin, with up to 19-inch standard seat width in economy. As a result, A380 operators benefit with higher market shares, higher load factors and higher revenues.
Comfort without compromise
Cabin comfort is a major factor in passenger choice and business success. To give its global widebody customer base a competitive edge, Airbus specifically developed the A330, A350 XWB and A380 product lines to enable the most enjoyable experiences aloft.
This unmatched passenger comfort stems from the jetliners’ “clean sheet” designs, which are younger and wider when compared to the competition – affording ample space to incorporate a variety of passenger-pleasing features. These include wider windows, roomier interiors, bigger overhead bins, the latest in-flight entertainment systems, common areas such as lounges and a great deal more.
Seat width is one of the most important – yet often overlooked – factors for passenger comfort, increasingly becoming a fundamental deciding factor driving passenger choice and business success. As a result, Airbus offers at least a standard 18-inch wide seat in economy class for all of its widebody jetliners, which provides extra room compared to the 17-inch industry norm set in the 1960s and still used by other aircraft manufacturers. Those travelling on Airbus widebody jetliners agree: the one-inch extra seat width makes a substantial difference.