Airbus launches A330neo

15 Jul 2014 by Clement Huang

Airbus confirmed the launch of its A330neo programme today, announcing two variants – the A330-800neo and A330-900neo. The wide body aircraft will feature the latest generation of jet engine, the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, along with aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.

According to the European aircraft manufacturer, the A330neo is capable of reducing fuel consumption by 14 per cent per seat over existing A330 models, as well as increasing its range by up to 400 nautical miles.

The aerodynamic improvements are made possible through the use of winglets inspired in their design by those featured on the upcoming A350 XWB. Increased wing span and new engine pylons are other engineering features set to better the A330neo’s aerodynamics and, hence, performance bottom-line.

The neo’s cabin layout will be further optimised to offer up to ten additional 18-inch wide seats, but in general remain reminiscent of current A330 cabins fitted with mood-lighting features and in-flight wifi connectivity.

The A330neo launch represents a particularly important development for the Asian aviation market. Many Asia-based carriers such as Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines deploy wide body aircraft on their short-to-medium haul regional routes, which heightens the demand for a more fuel-efficient A330, a vastly popular aircraft model in this region.

“We see strong market potential for the A330neo, and like its market-leading smaller sister, the A320neo, we are confident this new aircraft will be a success in the medium-haul segment,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and chief executive.

Deliveries of the A330neo are expected to commence in Q4 2017.

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Clement Huang

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