Airbus has commenced final assembly of the very
first A330neo, an A330-900.
Both the A330-800
and A330-900 feature a new A350-inspired wing with Sharklet
latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and the new AirSpace
by Airbus cabin.
“We have started with a very tight development
schedule and are today right on time,” said Odile Jubécourt,
Airbus Head of the A330neo programme. “I am happy to say we are in
good shape to meet the high standards of maturity and reliability
our customers expect from us and I want to thank the teams for
this outstanding achievement.”
Thanks to its low, new
generation fuel-burn, the A330neo expands its operators’ market
opportunities by offering an additional 400 nautical miles range,
leading to a 6,550 nautical miles range on the A330-900 and 7,500
nautical miles on the A330-800.
To date, 10 customers have ordered
a total of 186 A330neo.
The A330-800 and the A330-900 are
99% common, sharing a 95% commonality across the
entire A330 fleet.
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