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FARNBOROUGH 2014: Airbus A330neo goes ahead

Airbus has launched the A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new members of its widebody family, which will incorporate Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.

The A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat in comparison to its predecessor. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus family. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in the 4th quarter of 2017.

“The A330 is a very important margin contributor for our Group. It’s also one of the most reliable and efficient commercial aircraft ever. Customers love it,” remarked Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group. “With our decision to re-engine the aeroplane, we will keep the A330 flying high for many more years to come. The development costs for the A330neo will be incurred from 2015 to 2017 with an impact of around –70 basis points on Airbus Group’s 2015 Return on Sales target. However, we have a very good business case and the A330neo, once in service, will continue to significantly contribute to our group’s earnings.”

“The A330neo is the logical evolution of our reliable and versatile A330 family. It provides an optimal solution for airlines around the world looking to minimise their fuel and operating costs while offering best-in-class comfort to their passengers,” added Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO. “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.”

In addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines (a sole source engine supplier), the A330neo will feature incremental innovations, including aerodynamic enhancements such as new A350 XWB inspired winglets, an increased wing span and new engine pylons. Pilots will benefit from the latest generation cockpit systems, and the cabin will be further optimised to offer up to 10 additional 18 inch wide seats.”

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