The A330 Family’s success continues, with recent A330neo orders from two North American carriersPrint
The A330. The right aircraft, right now
Since entering service in early 1994, the A330 has proven itself as cost effective and profitable for the 106 operators who currently fly the three commercial variants of the family: the A330-200, A330-300 and A330-200F. So popular has this versatile widebody been, that it long since surpassed the 1,000 sales mark, back in 2009.
Airbus hasn’t rested on its laurels, and has adopted a philosophy of continuous improvement for the A330. To date these improvements have encompassed both cabin and flight deck, as well as aerodynamic efficiency gains and reductions in engine and airframe maintenance costs. Thanks to fuel burn efficiency gains and higher take-off weights – today’s A330 has seen significant increases to its range capabilities, making it a genuine long-haul workhorse.
The A330neo will enter service in 2017- making this popular widebody even more versatile and profitable
The A330neo (new engine option) was launched in July last year during the Farnborough Airshow in the U.K. This latest variant builds on the A330’s proven economics, versatility and reliability while reducing fuel consumption by a further 14 percent per seat. There are two versions of the A330neo – the A330-800neo mirrors the fuselage length of the current A330-200 and the A330-900neo is identical in length to the A330-300. This aircraft incorporates latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines with a larger diameter fan and a significantly improved bypass ratio. In addition, this newest A330 comes with a modest wingspan increase, as well as composite ‘A350 XWB-inspired’ winglets. Thanks to cabin enhancements, between 6 to 10 more seats can be fitted in the aircraft with no loss of seat comfort. All of these improvements will result in an aircraft with lower operating costs, more range and higher revenue generating potential than today’s A330-200 and A330-300. Not only does the A330neo match the cash operating costs per seat of its nearest competitor, it surpasses it on direct operating costs per seat – and does so while offering greater seat-width comfort in economy class.
A330neo and A350 XWB – a complementary team for North American operators
Two U.S. carriers have already chosen the A330neo to augment their current in-service fleets of A330-200s and A330-300s. Hawaiian Airlines purchased six of the smaller capacity A330-800neos late last year, which will allow the airline to operate longer non-stop routes out of their Honolulu hub. Delta Air Lines has chosen to purchase a mixed fleet of 25 A330-900neos, as well as 25 A350-900s, as each of these two Airbus models have been optimized for different mission lengths, and are designed to work in tandem with a high degree of commonality, as well as best-in-class economics and passenger comfort.