11 Facts About Airbus A330neo


Airbus A330neo is a wide-body airliner developed by Airbus from the Airbus A330 .

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At the Boeing 787 launch in 2004, Airbus A330neo' initial response was an improved A330.

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Airbus A330neo considered re-engining the A380 but was wary of having two major modification programs simultaneously.

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AirAsia X ended flights to London and Paris from Kuala Lumpur in 2012 because their Airbus A330neo A340s were not fuel-efficient enough and would try again with A330s.

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On 14 July 2014 at the Farnborough Airshow, Airbus launched the A330neo programme, to be powered by the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000.

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On 7 September 2015, Airbus announced that it had begun production of the first A330neo with the construction of its centre wingbox and engine pylon.

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Airbus A330neo commenced autopilot, autoland and high-speed performance testing, and was to move on to hot- and cold-weather tests, as well as noise and icing tests, over the following three months.

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Airbus A330neo expects the FAA type certification with 180 min ETOPS by the end of 2018 and 330 min ETOPS in the first half of 2019.

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Customers bemoan the loss of competition among engine makers: Steven Udvar-Hazy, CEO of Air Lease Corporation, said that he wants a choice of engines, but Airbus A330neo has pointed out that equipping a commercial aircraft to handle more than one type of engine adds several hundred million dollars to the development cost.

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Airbus A330neo believed A330 operators would start fleet renewal beginning in 2020.

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The five largest operators of Airbus A330neo are TAP Air Portugal, Delta Air Lines, Lion Air, Azul Brazilian Airlines and Corsair International .

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