The Farnborough International Airshow 2014 has opened with Airbus announcing the launch of its A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new members of its widebody Family, which it says will: “incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.” The manufactures says the new models will benefit from the: “unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330.”
Airbus claims the A330neo will reduce fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range widebody aircraft on the market. It adds that 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 Q4 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. With our decision to re-engine the plane, 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,” said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group.
“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,” said 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. We are again leveraging a proven aircraft with a wide operator base and making it even more efficient with the latest innovations and technology developments.”
Airbus says in addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will feature incremental innovations, including aerodynamic enhancements such as new A350 XWB inspired winglets, an increased wing span and new engine pylons. It notes that pilots will benefit from latest generation cockpit systems, and states: “the already very comfortable A330 cabin will be further optimised to offer up to ten additional 18 inch wide seats.” Passengers will also be able to enjoy: “a 21st century on-board experience” with fourth generation In Flight Entertainment (3D films), mood-lighting and full connectivity.