Airbus has announced the anticipated A330neo (new engine option) variant of its popular twin-engined, widebody airliner at the Farnborough Air Show.
The European manufacturer is showing off its new A350XWB at the event, but has chosen the moment to also build on the popularity of its existing model with this announcement.
The A330-800neo and -900neo will offer greater fuel savings (around 14%), quieter engines (the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000) with larger fan blades, as well as more seats and improved cabin features. Much of the construction will be of composite material, based on the A350XWB.
As well as having operational commonality with other members of the Airbus Family – including the same pilot type rating as the A330, common type rating with the A350 XWB and the same “Code-E” gate category as the A330-200 and -300 – the NEO will also retain 95% airframe spares commonality with A330 and inherit its marketing-leading reliability.
The first deliveries of the newest A330 members are scheduled to start in Q4 2017.