Airbus A330 reaches major milestone

Airbus A330 in flight (© Airbus/H.Goussee)
Airbus A330 in flight (© Airbus/H.Goussee)

Airbus’ successful widebody A330 Family has passed the major milestone of winning over 1,500 firm orders from over 100 customers. Total sales to date (1,501) include a recent order for four A330-200 Freighters from Turkish Airlines and 25 A330-900neo from Air Lease Corporation.

“It’s great to see the strong and growing endorsement for the versatile A330 Family. This reflects the market’s continuing appetite for the A330’s winning combination of unbeatable economics, best-in-class comfort and high reliability. As for all members of our product family, we are continuously improving the A330 through incremental innovations, such as adopting some of the latest technologies developed for the A380 and A350 XWB,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The popularity and success of the A330 is such that our top ten customers have placed repeat orders for the type more than eight times on average.”

The A330 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics which is why an A330 takes off or lands every 20 seconds and over 1,100 A330 Family aircraft are flying with airlines serving more than 400 airports worldwide.

As a result of this success the Family has been extended to include Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants Development continues on the A330 with numerous on-going product enhancements entering service in the coming years, ensuring the A330 Family remains the most cost-efficient and capable widebody aircraft. These enhancements include the more capable 242 tonne take-off-weight variant (available for both the A330-200 and the A330-300), the A330 optimised for regional and domestic routes and the A330neo. In the future the A330 will be operating in combination with the A350 XWB as 85% of A350 XWB customers are also A330 customers or operators.

Now building on the proven economics, versatility and high reliability of the hugely popular A330, the A330-800neo and A330-900neo launched in July 2014 will reduce fuel consumption by a further 14 percent per seat compared with today’s A330, making them the most cost efficient, medium range widebody aircraft for the future on the market. To date Airbus has won 145 orders from seven customers for A330-800neo and A330-900neo.

The A330 belongs to the successful Airbus Widebody aircraft Family, which comprises the A330, A350 XWB and A380, and uniquely spans the 250 to over 500 seats segment.

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