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14 July 2014
14. July 2014 Commercial Aircraft

Living up to its billing: Airbus officially launches the A330neo programme

A330neo cabin business class

Airbus is familiar with making headlines at the Farnborough International Airshow, but the company’s A330neo (new engine option) programme has been creating a “buzz” long before this week’s opening of the biennial aerospace industry event.

Airbus’ A330neo builds on this widebody family’s success

The highly-anticipated launch of Airbus’ latest enhancement to its medium-range widebody A330 Family occurred today, with details provided during a standing-room only press conference at the Farnborough Airport. 
As the latest evolution in Airbus’ comprehensive market-leading widebody product line, the A330neo programme comprises two versions – the A330-800neo and A330-900neo – which incorporate new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with aerodynamic improvements and the latest in the company’s cabin technology to provide unmatched operating economics.
The A330-800neo retains the current-production A330-200’s fuselage length, while the A330-900neo uses the longer fuselage of the A330-300.
“We worked out a solution that keeps the maturity, keeps the simplicity, keeps all that the customers like about the A330 Family – and on top improves the fuel-burn per seat by 14 per cent,” said Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Brégier, who noted that Airbus anticipates selling 1,000 A330neo aircraft. 
In addition to the fuel-burn reduction, A330neo operators will benefit from up to 400 nautical miles of additional range, along with decreased maintenance costs compared to in-production A330 versions. Airbus’ has also further optimised the cabin – allowing for up to 10 more seats on the A330-900neo and six additional seats for the A330-800neo version – while maintaining the company’s spacious 18-inch-wide seat comfort standard in economy class.
With this increased seating, the A330-900neo will offer seating capacity for up to 310 passengers, with the shorter-fuselage A330-800neo accommodating up to 252 travellers. 
Drawing on the Airbus family aircraft concept, the A330neo shares more than 95 per cent spares commonality with existing A330 jetliners – while also taking advantage of the latest technology from across the company’s modern and efficient product line. These enhancements include new A350 XWB style winglets, 3.7 metres of additional wingspan – which still meets Category E airport requirements – and new engine pylons for four per cent aerodynamic improvements, and cabin innovations such as full-LED mood lighting and Wifi connectivity to deliver superior passenger comfort.  
Airbus also will draw on lessons learned from the successful development of the single-aisle new engine option A320neo, planning an ambitious 42-month programme for the A330neo jetliner from its launch to the targeted first A330neo delivery in the fourth quarter of 2017.
“The A330 jetliner family offers a very, very solid base to build on,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, citing the significant demand over the next 20 years for aircraft in this category with operators that are currently flying A330s. “These are people who love the A330, are making a lot of money with A330 and have their pilots trained with the A330, but would like to have more fuel efficiency – that’s exactly what we are doing with this aircraft.”
A330neo cabin business class

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