Final assembly of the Airbus A330-800, the newest member of the
A330neo Family, has started.
The A330-800 complements the
A330-900, the largest member of the A330neo Family. With its
242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) as base variant, the
A330-800 can operate routes of up to 7,500nm and with the recently
launched 251-tonne MTOW variant the aircraft can operate
ultra-long-range routes of up to 8,150nm.
Together, the A330neo
variants are part of Airbus' comprehensive twin-aisle,
twin-engine aircraft family from 260 to over 360 seats which
includes the A350 XWB Family.
Building on the success of the A330-200 with over 600 aircraft in
operation, the A330-800 brings new generation economics and comfort in addition to
greater range to the 250-seater
Together with the larger 300-seater A330-900 they
share 99% commonality, having the same airframe, engines and cross
crew commonality. This gives operators great flexibility to use
either aircraft in their fleet according to network needs in size
Both of these widebody aircraft incorporate new
Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, zero-splice nacelle, titanium
pylon, new wings and new Airspace by Airbus Cabin.
visible new features of the A330neo wings are the specially
developed curved wingtip Sharklets – which draw on A350 XWB
technology, extending the wingspan to 64m and providing state of the
art aerodynamic characteristics.
The Airbus A330-800 aircraft is on track for
first flight in mid-2018.
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